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									              The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce




    your connection to the beach


 Shopping                                             MEMBER NEWS
                                                      AROUND TOWN
                                                    GRAND OPENINGS
 & THINGS TO DO GUIDE                                  CALENDAR OF
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                                                                                                                                                        Chamber member businesses, see their products and         I want to thank our Ambassadors. With several
                                                                                                                                                        meet their employees. I’m already looking forward         groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings each week, these
                                                                                                                                                        to next year, although I am hoping not to ever have to    folks are the face of the Chamber to new businesses in
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                                                                                                                                                        wear that costume again…                                  our community, and I applaud their efforts.
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     Panama City
                                                                                                                                                        Your Chamber committees have been busy over the           In closing, I would like to thank everyone who attends
                                                                                                                                                        past several weeks. The Building Committee has            our Friday at the Beach breakfast, our Business

       Beach Is                                                                                                                                         been working on plans for a new 12,000 square foot
                                                                                                                                                        Chamber facility. The committee is gathering bids
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After Hours, and the various other events we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  each month. I would encourage those that have not
      Looking at                                                                                                                                        on the cost, and should be able to provide more details   participated in a while, or new members that are



                                          You!
                                                                                                                                                        in our next publication. The Hospitality Training         not sure what to do, to get involved with us. Your
                                                                                                                                                        committee had a planning retreat to discuss its           Chamber is here for you. If you have questions, feel
                                                                                                                                                        mission and ideas about a curriculum for a program        free to call me and discuss ways the Chamber can
                                                                                                                                                        specifically designed to make visitors’ experiences        help you and your business.
         Advertise your business
            in The Circuit.
                                                                                                                                                        president ‘s report                                                                      Debi Knight


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                                      2007 Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                     e hope you enjoy this month’s issue on       attendees from 10 counties representing Chambers of
                                        Schedule:
                                                                                                                                                                     Shopping & Things To Do. This guide is       Commerce, Tourist Development Councils, Economic
                                                        JAN/FEB                                                                                                      designed for vacationers,                                    Development Councils and business
           Chamber’s Annual Report                                                                                                                      businesses and residents. Many                                            leaders, talked about regional
                                                    MAR/APR                                                                                             new retail stores and restaurants are                                     awareness and marketing. At the
             Special Restaurant Guide                                                                                                                   opening every week and we are proud                                       end of the workshop, attendees were
                                                       MAY/JUN                                                                                          to share them with you in this issue.                                     asked to sign up for a specific “Task
               Shopping & Things To Do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Force” regarding Marketing and
                       Guide                                                                                                                            Your City and County officials are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Branding, Economic Development
                                                      JUL/AUG                                                                                           working hard to make Panama City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Air Service Recruitment. We
                               Resorts & Real Estate                                                                                                    Beach and Bay County the best place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will keep you posted with updates
                                                      SEP/OCT                                                                                           to invest, work and play. The City’s
                                       Health & Wellness                                                                                                                                                          and how you can become involved.
                                                                                                                                                        Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) broke ground
                                                   NOV/DEC                                                                                              during the month of April, starting with Churchwell Rd.   The Chamber will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary
            Marketing Our Destination
                                                                                                                                                        The features that will be added include underground       on Friday, June 22nd at the Bay Point Marriott
             Call Skip Alford for                                                                                                                       utilities, sidewalks, bike paths and lush landscape.      Resort. The Chamber will also have an unveiling
           rates and information                                                                                                                                                                                  of a rendering of the new Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                                                        On April 4th, a Northwest Regional Airport Workshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Building and Welcome Center. Save the date – we
             at (850) 814-4292.                                                                                                                         was held at Edgewater Beach Resort. Over 140
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  look forward to seeing you there.

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                                                    The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce




       2007                                                          your connection to the beach
BOARD OF DIRECTORS                               M A Y                     /   J      U      N        E          2     0      0    7
        Chairman of the Board
              David Powell,                CONTENTS
     Peoples First Community Bank          Features
             Past Chairman                 11 Shopping & Things To Do                            Membership
               Russ Smith,                                                                       30 Member News
           Towne of Seahaven               Making The Circuit                                    38 Membership Report
          Incoming Chairman                8    Banking Center                                   38 New and Renewing Members
         Al McCambry, Knology              8    Real Estate Corner
                Treasurer                  25   Health & Wellness                                Around Town
                                           32   Art & Culture                                    41   Community Update
    Rick Dye, AmSouth/Regions Bank
                                           33   Dining Out                                       41   Local Government Update
                Secretary
                                           36   Biz Spotlight                                    42   Navy News
            Philip Griffitts, Jr.,
                                                                                                 42   Gulf Coast Workforce Board
       Sugar Sands Beach Resort            Events
             EDC Chairman                  6    Chamber’s 20th Anniversary Gala                  In Every Issue
              Deborah Hunt,                31   Leads Group                                      4    Chairman’s Report
     Peoples First Community Bank          35   Friday at the Beach                              4    President’s Report
              Legal Council                37   Calendar of Events                               34   A Few Minutes With...
          Steven L. Applebaum              37   Legislative Luncheon                             38   Ambassadors Report
                                           37   After Hours                                      39   Grand Openings
                The Board
                                                          The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce
     Mike Abney, Real Estate Broker
                                                           415 Beckrich Rd., Suite 200, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
    Connie Ballinger, Sterling Realty
                                                                 Phone: (850) 235-1159 Fax: (850) 235-2301
        Carol Bell, ID’s and More
                                                                          Online: www.pcbeach.org
   Karen Blackerby, Magnum Capital
           Brenda Buschmann,
          Grand Panama Resort
                                           CHAMBER OFFICERS                                   EDITORIAL STAFF
                                           President/CEO                  Debi Knight         Editor                 Marta Rose
              Robert Carroll,
                                           Senior VP Marketing & PR       Marta Rose          Creative Director      Marta Rose
       McNeil Carroll Engineering
                                           Executive Asst. / Office Mgr.   Beth Oltman         Advertising Sales      Skip Alford; Beth Oltman
               Mack Carter,
                                           VP Membership Services         Tom Mixon           Production             Boyd Brothers Printing
          Shuckum’s Oyster Pub
                                           VP Membership Services         Skip Alford         Distribution           Allegra Print & Imaging;
             Anthony Dubose,
                                           VP Relocation                  Jessica Summers                            Chamber Ambassador Team
Coastal Community Insurance Agency, Inc.
                                           Membership Accounting Mgr.     Jena Kimmel         Contributing           Pat Sabiston, Mayor Gayle
          Wes Grant, Travelodge
                                           VP Hospitality Services        Bertie Reynolds     Writers                Oberst, Kira Burdeshaw,
               John Hamati,
                                           Receptionist                   Joyce Kidd                                 Bert Howell, Dr. Kimberly
        Marriott’s Bay Point Resort
                                           Volunteer                      Gloria Mallory                             Moskowitz, Kimberly
      Fritz Hoehne, Comcast Cable
                                                                                                                     Bodine, Capt. Hal Harbeson
              Lewis Howell,




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           The St. Joe Company
       Terri Hugghins, Vision Bank                              On Friday, June 22, 2007
   Cody Khan, Holiday Inn Sunspree              The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce
             Lee Ann Leonard,
            By The Sea Resorts                              Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!
             Crystal Martinez,
    Kilgore’s Karpet & Ceramic Tile
              Doreen Morgan,
                                                                          Please Save The Date For
     Century 21 Commander Realty
       Gayle Oberst, CFT Pyramid                       A Special Anniversary Gala
     Lisa Powell, Hombre Golf Club                                                  at the
         Bill Sherr, Labor Ready
                Skip Stoltz,                                              Bay Point Marriott Resort
        Countrywide Home Loans
                                                                               Stay tuned for further details.
               Bob Zamboni,
           Zeebest McDonald’s              Cover photo of Posh at La Vela, by Paul Winterman.
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The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida
   May 25 thru September 3, 2007



               www.edgewaterbeachresort.com




                                              www.marriottbaypoint.com
                                                                       19 EAST 4TH STREET
                                                                   PANAMA CITY, FL 32401
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                                                                         769-4451
B                                                                                    Real Estate




                                                                                                                                          Corner
      anking Center                                                              We Strive To Exceed Our
                                                                                 Customers’ Expectations
Your Local Hometown Bank
With Your Local Homtown
Bankers.
R
        emember when? Most of us here at First National Bank Northwest
        Florida do! Your local hometown bank is staffed with “your family”
        of local hometown bankers. An average of over 75% of our employees
have lived here more than thirty years and twenty-five percent of our employees
were born here in Bay County. More than half of “your family” started
elementary school, and went on to attend college, here in Panama City.
For 23 years, we have been serving our local community with a stable,
conservative approach to banking. We do not strive to be the biggest, just


                                                                                 P
the best at what we do, a full                                                          rudential Shimmering Sands Realty was established as a full-
service commercial bank.                                                                service real estate company in 1994. The company has been
Your family at First National                                                           solely owned and operated by Dennis and Dana Dunnigan
Bank Northwest Florida is                                                        since that date. We have four locations in Bay County: Panama
committed to our community.                                                      City Beach Parkway, Hwy. 79, 23rd St. and Tyndall Parkway. All
Thirty-six different organi-                                                     of our 130 Realtors are members of the National, State and Bay
zations have benefited from                                                       County Association of REALTORS®. These trade associations
our volunteer efforts. We are                                                    exercise oversight of real estate practices, standards and conduct
your local bankers in your                                                       among its members, and we believe in and abide by the Realtor
local neighborhood. We were                                                      Code of Ethics. We have several company representatives in
raised here, we have raised                                                      leadership positions with the Bay County Association of Realtors,
our children here, and our children are raising their children here.             including the 2007 President.

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service. That is why          In just a few short years, Shimmering Sands grew into Bay
                                                  you will never get lost        County’s largest real estate firm with over 700 residential and
                                                  in the voice-mail shuffle       commercial property listings in addition to over 450 long term
                                                  when you call. You will        rentals. We service both residential and commercial/development
                                                  always speak with a real       markets in Bay, Walton and Washington Counties. Our focus has
                                                  person, not machines.          always been and will continue to be our customers and clients, and
                                                  Our officers have been          their needs. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations!
                                                  with us an average of          Three of our Realtors have been voted “Realtor Citizen of the
                                                  thirteen years and in          Year” for their contributions toward the community. We have also
                                                  banking an average of          had a REALTOR awarded Honorable Mention in the National
From left, Ashley Dacosta, Gerda Beck, Tricia twenty-nine years. We              Association of REALTOR’S Good Neighbor Awards for efforts in
Hahn, Deanna Richardson and Debbie Knowlton. are locally owned and               helping Hurricane Katrina Victims and those in need around our
                                                  operated and our home is       community. Dana Dunnigan, our founder and owner, has been
here in Panama City, decisions are made here and you will never have to wait     honored with having received the distinguished award of “Realtor
on an out-of-town answer.                                                        of the Year” on three occasions. Our company also proudly
At your local hometown bank you are part of our family. You will never be just   donates to the Panama City Rescue Mission on a regular basis,
a number. Your banking family will make your loan fit you, not make you fit        and we support Sunshine Kids. We look forward to assisting you
your loan. Stop by and see us                                                    with all your real estate needs!
at 12501 Hutchison Boulevard
or 101 East 23rd Street...the
Welcome mat is out and the
coffee is on!
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     A typical reaction to Royal American Hospitality! Why so much joy? For starters, we offer the area’s
     most complete services to our owners and guests. And with the addition of Resort Association
     Management, no other management company invests as much in sales, advertising, internet,
     marketing, technology and service to keep your investment profitable. In addition, Royal American
     Hospitality is the only area company to offer full maid service on each of its units... every day.
     This extra service significantly increases guest satisfaction and reduces wear and tear. So join in
     the celebration by finding out how our complete turnkey programs can maximize your investment.
     Contact us today!


     • Complete rental management - Accounting, Marketing, DAILY housekeeping
     • 24/7 services including: Reservations, Maintenance, Housekeeping
       and Management available to service rental guests and owners
     • Property Management including 24/7 Front Desk, Housekeeping,
       Maintenance, HOA Management and Accounting
     • Online owner reservations and access to accounts
     • Incentives offered for HOA Management contracts


     9400 South Thomas Drive • Panama City Beach, Florida • (850) 230-4646 • www.RAHospitality.com




          At Peoples First, we give you the expert, personal attention available only from a team of dedicated

          professionals committed to serving you.                                             Our products and services further speak to

          the commitment to meeting your unique                                                  financial needs. Stop by or call us today.

          We stand ready to serve you.




                                                                                                                            9001 Front Beach Road
                                                                                                                                 and locations
                                                                                                                            throughout Bay County.
The best bank in the neighborhood.
                                                                                                                                770-7000
                                                                                                                               www.peoplesfirst.com




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GRAND PANAMA RESORT
Hutchison Boulevard, Panama City Beach




              Another
       Broken Egg                                     Sunday Brunch 11am to 2pm
                   Cafe                                       Casual Fine Dining
    When it comes to breakfast or lunch, we offer
                                                                Open 4pm Daily
        a totally egg-ceptional experience!

        Great Food… Affordable Prices
         Warm & Inviting Atmosphere                  13528 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407
                (850) 249-2007                                (850) 249-WINE or (850) 249-BEER




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*   Perfect for business lunches
*   Catering for groups of all sizes
*   Office parties & celebrations

                 850-235-3214
 15614 Front Beach Rd, exit G off PC Beach Pkwy.
www.shuckums.com             Panama City Beach, FL

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S H O P P I N G
AND THINGS TO DO
in Panama City Beach
        The following 18 pages                                      Ar t & Culture................12
         cover the“where to go                                      Music............................13
               and what to do”                                      Nature..........................14
         in Panama City Beach                                       Rainy Days...................15

     and the surrounding areas.                                     Beach...........................16
                                                                    Historic........................19
Use this guide as your roadmap
                                                                    Shopping......................20
      to finding what you love,
                                                                    The Institutions..........23
  or exploring something new.                                       Health & Body..............24
                                                                    Golf...............................27
                                                Enjoy!
                                                                    Evening........................28

  The businesses featured in this special section are only a sample of the many shopping opportunities and “things to do”
 in Panama City Beach. For a larger selection please visit the Chamber’s Business Directory online at www.pcbeach.org.

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BREWED AWAKENINGS                                                              SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                                                                                             Art & Culture
                                                                               TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT
                                                                               EXHIBITION
                                                                               On a calm April night in 1912,
                                                                               the world’s largest ship, the Ti-
                                                                               tanic, sank after colliding with an
                                                                               iceberg on her maiden voyage.
                                                                               On board were 2,228 passengers,
                                                                               more than 1,500 of whom died.
JOEYS JAVA JUICE                                                               The Titanic Artifacts Exhibition
Joey Purvis came to Panama                                                     will be showcased at the Visual Arts Center in Panama City from May
City Beach from Washington DC                                                  25th through September 3rd.
three-and-a-half years ago when
his wife Lindsay, a psychologist                                               This exciting, emotional and poignant exhibit will take visitors back
and captain in the Air Force, was                                              to the Edwardian era with a view of the grandeur, finery and sense of
transferred to Tyndall. Opening Joeys Java Juice “was something I had          awe of the times. Each visitor will receive a replica boarding pass of
always wanted to do,” says Joey. “I thought combining a juice bar with a       an actual passenger upon entrance. The journey will include many
coffee bar was a great idea.”                                                  passenger stories, and will showcase more than 125 specially-selected
                                                                               artifacts and treasures. For more information go to www.vac.org or
Joey buys his java from one of the top three coffee roasters in the coun-      call the Visual Arts Center at (850) 769-4451.
try, Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina, where 90% is organic and
                                                deliveries are fresh-roasted
                                                                                                                        PAUL BRENT GALLERY
Joeys Java Juice has an atmo-                   every week. “No one can
                                                                                                                        Visit our beautiful, two-
                                                touch that,” claims Joey.
sphere that just makes you want                 His smoothies are made
                                                                                                                        story, Paul Brent Gallery in
                                                                                                                        historic downtown Panama
to hang out. It’s a place where                 from real fruit, real juice
                                                                                                                        City. This is the home gal-
                                                and contain no added pow-
you can come in, and it’s the                   ders or sugars. Try fresh
                                                                                                                        lery and studio of interna-
                                                                                                                        tionally-recognized     artist,
coolest thing you do all day.                   carrot juice or wheat grass
                                                from the juice bar, or a pot
                                                                                                                        Paul Brent, who is famous
                                                                                                                        for his depictions of coastal
of freshly-brewed whole leaf tea. The bagels are delivered daily from
                                                                                                                        life. Find original watercol-
The Bagel Maker; all pastries are baked fresh in-house every morning.
                                                                                                                        ors and oils by Paul as well
Joey’s authentic Italian Panini’s are divine, served on fresh Ciabatta bread
                                                                                                                        as prints, posters and artist
and made with Boar’s Head meats. His soups are equally heavenly.
                                                                                                                        designed gifts for the home.
A rotating art collection adorns Joey’s walls, managed by gallery owner
                                                                                 Paul and his staff work with over 70 manufacturers to create gifts,
Chris Merrium of The Gallery Above. All art is for sale; stay tuned
                                                                                 handbags and t-shirts that you will be thrilled to give and décor
for future openings and exhibitions. Joeys is located at 11560 Panama
                                                                                 that you will love to have in your home or office. The gallery also
City Beach Parkway (at the Home Depot Shopping Center), and is open
                                                                                 exhibits fine crafts and sculpture by national, regional and local art-
from 6am to 10pm daily; 7am to 7pm on Sundays.
                                                                                 ists presenting handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, metal sculpture, and
                                                                                 blown glass. You will not be disappointed with your visit to this
                                                                                 beautiful gallery! Gallery hours are 8-5 Mon.–Fri.; 9-5 Sat. 413 W.
                                                                                 5th St. in Panama City. (850) 785-2684; www.paulbrent.com.

                                                                               BAY ARTS ALLIANCE
                                                                               www.bayarts.org
                                                                               Summer is here, school is out
                                                                               and vacation season is offi-
                                                                               cially upon us. Many will strike out on the annual family trip across
                                                                               America to seek out great adventure, culture and family fun. But, with
                                                                               the price of gas on the rise, who can afford to make the cross-country
                                                                               trek? Now, more than ever, is a great time to discover your own local
                                                                               arts and culture adventures.
                                                                               A great way for kids to beat the “summertime blues” is to attend one
                                                                               of the many arts-related camps being offered in our area. Beginning in
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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO                                                         CALYPSO
                                                                                  BEACH
                            Music                                                 CAFE &
                                                                                  SPORTS
                                                                                  GRILLE
GRANITE CAFE
                                                                                  Gene Mitchell’s
Nestled in the historic area of
                                                                                  jazzy      island-
St. Andrews, Granite Café fea-
                                                                                  style music can
tures exquisite cuisine inspired
                                                                                  be heard on na-
by the unique flavors of Eu-
                                                                                  tional radio, but
rope, Asia and the Middle East,
                                                                                  the best place to enjoy it is in person, on the breezy lake at Calypso’s
and an extensive wine list.
                                                                                  Lakeside Tiki Deck, Thursdays through Sundays at 7pm. Calypso is also
Here you can enjoy live music
                                                                                  the best place to watch sports in Northwest Florida, on one of the bar’s
and martinis in an intimate and
                                                                                  100+ televisions!
engaging atmosphere. Kevin
Jacobs plays classic rock every Friday night from 8pm until... Saturday           Looking for a special treat? Try a Mojito or a bottomless Mimosa
evenings feature a variety of musical acts showcasing Mowtown, blues,             or Bloody Mary while enjoying a Cajun-style brunch on Saturday
jazz, smooth jazz and rock. Granite Cafe is located at 1001 Beck Avenue           or Sunday at 11am. Calypso is just east of Pier Park at 15812 Front
in Panama City; call (850) 215-3287 for reservations.                             Beach Road, (850) 234-6788; wwwCalypsoBeachCafe.com.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK                                    take the time to relax in one of the area’s beautiful
AT MCKENZIE PARK                                        parks.
Located in Historic Downtown Panama City,
                                                        Bring your blankets, your family and your friends
Concerts in the Park at McKenzie Park is a free
                                                        to share some great music under the oaks this sum-
outdoor concert series presented on Thursday eve-
                                                        mer. Call (850) 769-1217 for more information
nings at 6:30pm, from May through July. Spon-
                                                        and for the 2007 Concert Schedule.
sored by Bay Arts Alliance and Regions Bank, this
is a wonderful opportunity to hear local talent and

SALTWATER GRILL

                                                                                                                  PIANO MAN
It’s a warm, calm spring night. Strolling up to the entrance of Saltwater Grill one can’t help but notice
something faintly different. Is it the architecture of the place, or the cool outdoor canopy? Is it the
people sitting outside enjoying the beautiful night – or maybe that sound inside? The door opens and
the strains of piano jazz hit you along with a smooth, melodic voice. The song beckons you in…and
there, at the end of the restaurant, is Michael Rorah holding court at the piano bar.
A Panama City Beach resident since early 2003, the Boon-
ville, Missouri native first visited the area during the previous
Thanksgiving. “I fell in love with the beach area,” Michael
remembers. It’s the first time I ever met true southerners. I
loved their ‘realness’ even though I couldn’t understand what
they were saying!”
                                                That same holi-
“(Panama City Beach) looked                     day he met Salt-
                                                water Grill own- Michael Rorah and friends around
like a little artsy community. It               er Roy Centanni. the piano bar at Saltwater Grill.
reminded me of Venice Beach,                    “I walked into the
                                                Saltwater Grill and it reminded of Humphrey’s in San
California in the seventies.”                   Diego,” Michael says of that first night. (Humphrey’s
                                                is a beachfront nightclub and piano bar, regarded as one
of the top Jazz clubs on the West Coast; Michael played piano there for 11 years.) “Humphrey’s had a
strong local following, like Saltwater does,” says Michael. “At that time, Saltwater Grill was about
four years ahead of its time.”
Michael plays everything from country to jazz, pop and original music. His list of influences in-
cludes Elton John, Billy Joel, Led Zepplin, Herbie Hancock and Joe Sample. He gets many requests,
which change according to who’s in town, and he can accommodate most.

What does the future hold for this talented entertainer? “I want to get back into the studio,” he says.
“Roy has always been a big supporter of me releasing my own CD.” Saltwater Grill is located at 11040
Hutchison Blvd. and is open daily from 3pm. Call (850) 230-2739 for more information.
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                                    SEABREEZE WINERY                           SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO
                                    Tired of buying wine by the labels only
                                    to get it home and not liking it? Well
                                    you don’t have to do that anymore.
                                                                                                       Nature
                                    Visit the Beach’s own SeaBreeze Win-
                                                                                                                  PINES & PONDS AND
                                    ery where we make all of our award
                                                                                                                  GAYLE’S TRAILS
                                    winning wines right here on site.
                                                                                                                  Pines and Ponds of PCB, open in
                                    Our 100-acre vineyard, Kyotee Vine-                                           2008, will be a bird-watcher’s par-
                                    yards, is located 35 miles northwest of                                       adise. This 3,000-acre area situat-
                                    the beach in a small town called Bruce                                        ed between Highway 79 and Wild
                                    where we grow a local grape, the mus-                                         Heron will contain dirt trails ideal
                                    cadine. During harvest we bring the                                           for walking, hiking and off road
                                    grapes to SeaBreeze Winery right here                                         biking. Gayle’s Trails, thirty miles
                                    on Hutchison Blvd. where we crush,                                            of paved trails, connects Pines &
                                    press, ferment and bottle our wines.                                          Ponds at the west end of the beach
                                                                                                                  to St. Andrews State Park on the
We will take you on a tour and let you see for yourself how the wine is
                                                                                                                  east. Both nature parks contain an
made, and then you can taste all of our 12 varietes of wines, from dry to
                                                                                                                  abundance of wildlife including
sweet we know you will find something you like! And best of all, it’s com-
                                                                                                                  osprey, eagles and various species
plimentary. We also carry a large selection of wine and related accessories.
                                                                                                                  of other birds, deer, wild hogs and
SeaBreeze Winery is located at 13201 Hutchison Blvd.; (850) 230-3330.
                                                                                                                  raccoon.
                                                          ST. ANDREWS STATE PARK
                                                          St. Andrews State Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in
                                                          Florida. The 1,260-acre park is located on the peninsula and has more than 1.5 miles of
                                                          beach on the Gulf of Mexico and the Grand Lagoon.

                                                          Rated the Number One Beach in America in 1995, the park offers swimming and snorkel-
                                                          ing in the Gulf and in the shallow, protected pool behind the jetties. Two fishing piers, boat
                                                          ramp, concessions and campsites meet every need. (850) 233-5140.




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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO                                           SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                                                 Rainy Days
                                      THE JUNIOR MUSEUM OF BAY COUNTY
                                      The Junior Museum has been a destination for family outings since its establishment in
                                      1967. Many of today’s local parents can recall childhood trips to the museum. Now
                                      former Museum Adventurers can bring their own children to discover a whole new world




                                                                                                                                  WATCH FOR BLUEGRASS SUNDAYS...
                                      of learning and fun.
                                      The Hands On Science Room features 31 new interactive stations. The Imagine Me
                                      Room offers a new, larger grocery store for children to test their math and role playing
                                      skills. The Nature Play exhibit room
                                      hosts a brand new diorama of the Econ-
                                      fina Creek, Puppet Play area and live
                                      reptiles. The smallest Adventurers will
                                      delight in the wonders of Toddler Town
                                      as they explore a just-my-size tree house
                                      and more. Many more discoveries can
                                      be found by child and adult in the Pio-
neer Homestead and Nature Trail.
General admission into the Museum is $3 per person. Additional rates apply
for special exhibit admission. For more information on the Junior Museum,
please call (850) 769-6128 or visit www.jrmuseum.org.

BAY ARTS ALLIANCE                    Continued from Page 12         ROCK ‘IT LANES ENTERTAINMENT
May, camps specializing in Drama, Art, Ballet, Theater, Piano       CENTER
and Science will allow children the opportunity to have one-        Rock ‘It Lanes
on-one and group training in an area in which they are inter-       Family Enter-
ested. Each camp will focus on activities directly related to the   tainment Cen-
art form being presented and provide lessons taught by some         ter, located at
of the top teachers and performers in their respective fields.       the     Shoppes
                                                                    at Edgewater,
In addition to camps for children, there are three separate
                                                                    is an indoor,
outdoor concerts series featuring the finest in local entertain-
                                                                    non-smoking
ment for the whole family to attend during May, June and
                                                                    50,000-square-foot facility. The center features Ballis-
July. Venues include McKenzie Park in Downtown Panama
                                                                    tic Bowling (24 lanes), pool playing, 22 Mega Arcade
City, Sharon Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven and Pier Park
                                                                    (over 100 games), and Bench Warmers Sports Bar and
on the beach. For a complete listing of children’s summer
                                                                    Grille (big screen TV’s, great good...a local’s favorite).
camps, dates and times of local concerts or other informa-
                                                                    Check out our new outdoor pavilion to watch all your
tion, please call (850) 769-1217, visit our website at www.
                                                                    sporting events.
bayarts.org or pick up the latest issue of Bay Arts & Enter-
tainment Magazine.                                                  All ages are welcome at Rock ‘It Lanes, and Group
                                                                    and Senior discounts are available. Open 10am Mon-
                                                                    day through Saturday, 12 noon on Sundays. (850)
                                                                    249-2695; visit www.rockitlanes.com.

                                                      RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM
                                                      Located two blocks from the beach at the intersection of Front
                                                      Beach, Thomas and Hutchison, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Mu-
                                                      seum is Panama City Beach’s coolest, weirdest and most unusual
                                                      attraction. The three-story museum, designed to look like a 1950’s
                                                      vintage luxury cruise liner run aground on the beach, houses hun-
                                                      dreds of unusual, strange and fascinating oddities including the
                                                      Bog Man, a mummy discovered off the Florida coast, an 11-foot
                                                      tall Eiffel Tower made entirely of matchsticks, a genuine shrunken
head from Ecuador and a 23-foot long Lincoln Town Car covered with 23,000 gold-plated British coins valued at $1.3 mil-
lion. Ripley’s Moving Theater, a high-tech motion-based simulation ride, takes guests on a pulse-pounding sight and
sound experience. For more information call (850) 230-6113 or visit www.ripleyspanamacitybeach.com.
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SHOPPING                   AND   THINGS    TO   DO

                           Beach
FRONT BEACH
HELICOPTER
Front Beach Helicop-
ter Tours & Aerial
Photography, Inc. is
a total aerial adven-
ture! View gorgeous
beaches and spot ma-
rina life on a scenic
helicopter tour. The
company’s pilots are                                 SPORT FISHING
all FAA Certified.                                    Some of the best fishing in the nation exists right here in the pristine
Enjoy a ride yourself,                               waters surrounding Panama City Beach, Florida. And certain local
or treat a friend...gift                             folks such as Captain Butch Yates have helped keep our beautiful
certificates are avail-                               city a prime destination for sport fishing.
able. 15726 Front
Beach Rd. (next to                                   Whether you enjoy the patient quest for Cobia, Tarpon, or King
Pier Park); call (850)                               Mackerel off shore, or the excitement that only comes when that
230-2080 for more                                    “Hoss Daddy” trout or fighting Red Fish is finally pulled into the
information.     Don’t                               boat from the local area grass flats, Captain Yates provides light to
forget to bring your                                 heavy tackle to meet the challenges of any scenario. His boat named
camera!                                              “Ms. Patty,” is complete with all modern electronics and essential
                                                     safety equipment. U.S.C.G. Licensed and Guide Insured, Captain
                                                     Butch Yates looks forward to putting his 35 years of professional
                                                     fishing experience to work for you! Be sure to visit his website at
                                                     www.captainbutchcharters.com.




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MR. SURF’S...
SKIMBOARDING
All along the shoreline
of Panama City Beach
you’ll find kids every-
where tearing up the
shoreline on what is
the hottest and most
popular sport on the




                                                                                                                                           WATCH FOR LIVE CLASSIC ROCK...
beach - skimboarding.
Skimboarding        has
been around for many years, but over the last few years technology
has changed the type of equipment used and the dynamics of skim-
boarding, making it one of the most popular sports to be found on the
beach. We here at Mr. Surf’s will provide you with all the informa-
tion you need to know about skimboarding or purchasing the right
equipment, whether you get a board from our shop or not.
The most important point is that you choose the right equipment up
front. Make sure the skimboard fits your particular style and need.
We even have a “Try Before You Buy” Policy, that lets you take a
demo out before your purchase (the only shop that offers this policy).
We want to make sure that you are happy with your purchase! (850)
235-2702.
                                                                                                                  Photo by Liz Dyer

MR. SURF’S...                                                         SCHOONERS
SURFING                                                               It’s a local tradition
Although        the                                                   to meet every after-
Gulf Coast is not                                                     noon at Schooners,
known for qual-                                                       the Last Local Beach
ity waves, we do                                                      Club, to join in the
get great surfing                                                      countdown as the
conditions here                                                       sun slowly sinks,
throughout      the                                                   then cheer as the old
entire year in Pan-                                                   Schooners cannon
ama City Beach.                                                       booms - just as the
The best and most                                                     sun dips below the horizon. The bands that play at Schooners
consistent time for                                                   are legendary. Fans drive hundreds of miles to hear their favorite
surfing is late fall/                                                  groups perform on the little stage at the Last Local Beach Club.
winter and early                                                      There’s no other place like it… half the time, the band’s on the
spring.                                                               dance floor with the crowd and two or three folks are dancin’ on
                                                                      stage with the band. The dance floor is so tiny, “dancin’ in the
The most popular
                                                                      aisles” is practically a requirement, but nobody minds! It’s all
surfing beach is
                                                                      part of the magic that makes Schooners the most perfect place
St. Andrew’s State
                                                                      on earth. (850) 235-3555; www.schooners.com.
Park because of
the jetties. The jetties allow for the sandbars to fill in better to
provide for great surfing waves. However, you will find surf-
ers all up and down the coast in Panama City Beach when the
swells are just right. The warm emerald waters of Panama City
Beach only enhance the surfing experience making us a more
attractive surfing destination when the surf does come up. Mr.
Surf’s has rentals, and the “Try Before You Buy” policy to
make sure that you get the right equipment when getting into
the sport of surfing. (850) 235-2702.
It is very important that you are well informed of both the sport
of surfing and/or skimboarding before you purchase any equip-
ment or enter the water. We will happily give you all the infor-
mation you need to enjoy the sports safely.
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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                          Beach                                          OVER
                                                                                25,000 SWIMSUITS!
BAREFOOT
BEACH
CLUB
Gulf-front res-
taurants are a
dying breed on
Panama       City
Beach, and the
Barefoot Beach
Club, located be-
tween the Legacy
and Beachbreak
hotels, is one of
the few places
you can leave your beach chair, walk a few feet and grab a cool tropi-
cal drink and some fresh local seafood. The metal roof, open-air deck
restaurant seats 115 people and is open to both By The Sea Resort
guests and locals.
“We hope to evolve the restaurant with future additions like a beach-
front playground and an entertainment stage,” says Lee Ann Leonard,
General Manager. “But we’ll never be stuffy. It’s the Barefoot Beach
Club. Shirts and shoes are not required!” Located at 15325 Front
Beach Rd.; call (850) 249-2031 for more information.
                                                                            Beach Scene
                                                                          10059 HUTCHISON BLVD, PCB, FL 233-1662




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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                        Historic
HISTORIC DOWN-
TOWN DISTRICT &
FRIDAY FEST
Visit vintage buildings




                                                                                                                                 ...AND THE BEST BLUES REVIEW.
which house some of the
area’s finest antique shops,
art galleries, gift and spe-
cialty shops, restaurants and
nightspots. All are located
along tree-shaded, brick-
lined streets in the Historic
Downtown District of Panama City. Don’t miss downtown’s most popu-
lar event of the year, Friday Fest, every first Friday of the month from
                                            March through November.
                                            Hear live music from local
                                            artists and performers, shop
                                            downtown until 8pm, see
                                            dozens of car clubs and EAT,
                                            EAT, EAT! For more infor-
                                            mation call (850) 785-2554.

                                                                           The Miracle Strip Observation Tower (above)
                                                                           was a Panama City Beach landmark with a
                                                                            colorful history. Built in 1967, it was 200 feet
                                                                            tall--the equivalent of 20 stories; by compari-
                                                                             son today’s tallest condominiums are 20 feet
                                                                              higher. Inside at street level was a beach
                                                                              diner called the Sandbar, famous for its
                                                                               fried pickles. The top of the tower housed
                                                                                a radio station, WDLP, in the late-eight-
                                                                                ies/early ninties. The very top was painted
                                                                                 checkerboard to host an airplane race.
                                                                                 The Tower was demolitioned in 1995.
                                                                                 (Left) A postcard of the 1,000-foot Pan-
                                                                                  ama City Beach Pier, circa 1939. The
                                                                                  pier had high railings with a covered pa-
                                                                                  vilion at the end. Like crowds today at
                                                                                       the beach, all manner of attire was
                                                                                               worn. Pineapple Willy’s
                                                                                               now sits on this portion of
                                                                                              the pier at the water’s edge.
                                                                                              (Lower left) The Hang Out
                                                                                             was a gathering place in the
                                                                                             fourties and remained so up
                                                                                             until its destruction in 1975
                                                                                            by Hurricane Eloise. The                 Visit
                                                                                            white building with bright red          www.
                                                                                           lettering and trim was the place    pineapplewillys
                                                                                           to dance, have a cool beverage,          .com
                                                                                           and “see and be seen.” In the       for Summer 07
                                                                                          late fourties it was expanded        Music Schedule
                                                                                         and divided into four different
                                                                                         areas, each with its own juke-
                                                                                         box. Postcard circa 1940’s.
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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                       Shopping
                                                 SHOE BLISS
                                                 Shoe Bliss is your des-
                                                 tination for designer
                                                 shoes that you can’t        COOP’S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GALLERY 226
                                                 find anywhere else on        “Coop” Cooper and wife Peggy Jones had a concept in mind for a “one of
                                                 the Beach! Whether          a kind” destination featuring home furnishings, interior design and original
                                                 playing in the sand,        art. Coop (interior designer) and Peggy (artist) opened in January 2006.
                                                 shopping around town        They share 3,000 square feet of beautiful furniture, accessories, lighting
                                                 or dining at your local     and original art. The furnishings range from elegant coastal, contemporary
                                                 favorites, Shoe Bliss       and traditional. The artwork is a collection of abstracts and realism in
                                                 has all your shoe needs     acrylic and mixed medium. The gallery has small pieces that are easily
                                                 covered. With brands        placed and beautiful over scaled pieces for larger areas in your home or
like Beverly Feldman, Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy, Eliza B., Merrell, and Yel-    business. Located at 22600 Panama City Beach Parkway about ½ mile
low Box, Shoe Bliss carries a wide variety of shoes that will complement     from Carillon. (850) 249-3946. Store hours are 10am-5pm Monday
all the facets of your life. Not only does Shoe Bliss carry the best shoes   through Saturday and Noon-
around but they also carry a wide assortment of accessories, handbags,       5pm on Sunday. Visit www.
including Junior Drake, belts and apparel. Shoe Bliss is located in the      coopshomefurnishings.com
Retail Village of Grand Panama Beach Resort; (850) 233-1300.                 and www.gallery226.com.


CHER’S HALLMARK SHOP
Stop by Cher’s Hallmark Shop in the Publix at Middle Beach Shopping Center and take home a qual-
ity remembrance of your trip. Cher’s features elegant Lenox gifts, from Table Top to Fajitas Server, and
everything in between. Hallmark Sound Cards are available along with all your favorites such as Precious
Moments, Snowbabies, the Heartwood Creek collection by Jim Shore, Willow Tree Angels by Demdaco,
Lampe Berger products and Yankee Candles. Hours: 9am - 6pm Monday-Saturday, and 1 - 5pm on Sundays.



              Indulgence Salon
                           Spa Boutique
                              Go ahead...
                          you know you want to
                             indulge yourself
    Full Service Salon & Spa               Cosmetic Consultations
            Massage                         Permanent Cosmetics
     Manicures / Pedicures                 Body Wraps / Waxing
       Clinical Skin Care                    Nail Enhancements
        Body Treatments


                     Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
                       Saturday 9am - 2pm
                The Shoppes at Grand Panama
                          850-234-2100
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                                            SHIPWRECK LTD
                                            Shipwreck LTD, bou-
                                            tique and surf shop has
                                            the beach’s largest cloth-
                                            ing, swimwear, sunglass-
                                            es, accessories and foot-
                                            wear selections. With
                                            such names as Lacoste,
                                            7 For All Mankind, Antik
                                            Denim, Volcom, Roxy,
Vitamin A, Sauvage, Hurley, Billabong, Ezekiel, Maui Jim, Ray-Ban,
Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, King Baby, Juicy Couture, Fender, JLO
Footwear, Reef, Crocs, Puma, Just Cavalli and much, more.
                                                                                UNIQUELY CHIC FURNISHINGS & GIFTS
Shipwreck Shirts has fun gifts, collectibles, a Kid’s department, T-shirts of
                                                                                Located in the Retail Village of Grand Panama Beach Resort, Uniquely
all descriptions, an extensive selection of beach supplies, and is the exclu-
                                                                                Chic is what a true boutique used to be, carrying all one-of-a-kind, hand-
sive retailer of Maui Babe Tanning Products. “If you haven’t been to Ship-
                                                                                picked items. Owned and operated by three local ladies, the “Shabby-Chic”
wreck, then you haven’t been to Panama City Beach!” (850) 235-7800.
                                                                                boutique is filled with furniture and home accessories, clothing, jewelry
                                                                                and a splash of shoes--mostly in the summer months. Everything in the
BY THE BAY
                                                                                store makes an awesome gift. Call (850) 249-3101 for more information.
A true fun place
to shop while you
                                                                                DEBBIE’S BOUTIQUE
are living or vis-
                                                                                Debbie’s Boutique, located in the
iting in the area.
                                                                                Retail Village of Grand Panama
We are located at
                                                                                Beach Resort, carries a unique se-
the foot of the Ha-
                                                                                lection of clothing, jewelry, belts
thaway Bridge in
                                                                                and handbags. With our custom-
Sun Harbor Ma-
                                                                                ers in mind, we are always search-
rina. Our unique
                                                                                ing for the latest trends and classic
little gift shop of-
                                                                                fashions. We specialize in wom-
fers fun gifts to
                                                                                en’s apparel that matches quality
keep or give. If
                                                                                and fashion so you will look and feel fabulous, from size 2 to 16.
you are fortunate to have a fragrance lamp, come check out our fra-
grances and join our fragrance club.                                            You will find a wide range of lines including Joseph Ribkoff, Linda
                                                                                Segal, Alberto Mikali, Lynn Ritchie, David Khan Jeans, Christopher
We have sunglasses, Diva Defense, Tiger Lily Flip Flops, tropical
                                                                                Blue Jeans, Paige Premium Denim, Vanilia, Fibers by Barbara Les-
greeting cards, wine bottle holders, unique gifts, gift baskets and bal-
                                                                                sor, Why Question, Havenbleau, Glima, 3 Dot, Hanky Panky, Spanx,
loons. We also carry easy to prepare gourmet foods, and if you’re
lucky when you stop by we may even be sampling some! Call (850)                 Tribal Sportswear, and Boho Chic. With our courteous and friendly
628-3333 for more information.                                                  staff we strive to make your shopping experience a pleasure. Call
                                                                                (850) 230-5700 for more information.
PAWSITIVELY PURRFECT
AND
BARKS & BUBBLES
Pawsitively Purrfect and Barks & Bubbles have created a
“Partnership of Kindness Committed to Caring For Our
Furry Friends!” Pawsitively Purrfect has everything your
pet needs to be dressed for success. From doggie sunglass-
es, bunny slippers and pajamas, to life jackets for your pet,
we carry a range of products to suit all needs big or small.
We have the largest selection of “boutique style” pet ac-
cessories in the area that you must see to believe. We also
have the only photography studio in the area that is dedi-
cated strictly to pets. Barks & Bubbles offers Professional
Grooming by Loving Hands to all breeds of dogs and cats.
Let your pet get pampered with a day at the spa followed
by a photo session to preserve the moment forever! We
are located at 210 S. Arnold Rd. (Hwy. 79) in Panama City
Beach. Business Hours are Monday through Saturday 8am
to 5pm. Call (850) 233-9663 or (850) 235-0881.
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                                          Home of the
                                      $9.95 Seafood Platter




                                 Daily Lunch Specials starting at only
                                  $5.99 with choice of 2 veggies

                                 “Best Lunch on the Beach!”




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                                                                            SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO
                                       PINEAPPLE WILLY’S
                                       by Pat Sabiston                                  The Institutions
                                       T
                                                he sands of the original    Buskells have found even more needs to fill aside from food. They’ve
                                                Panama City Beach have      developed an expansive beach service and greatly enhanced their retail
                                                shifted many times over     sales by opening their own t-shirt screen printing company. But it’s the
                                         since Gideon Thomas and A.W.       newest construction project that makes Bill Buskell become even more
                                         Pledger opened the Panama City     animated than usual.
                                         Beach Resort/Casino and 1,000
                                         foot pier on Thomas Drive. Lat-      “We are in the finishing stages of Willy’s Pier Bar, a 4,000-square-foot
                                         er, when the resort burned down,     entertainment center that will feature oversized wings and extremely
several other enterprises sprung up in rapid succession, but none have        unique imported pizza dough,” shares Buskell. The rustically construct-
been as long-lived or as popular as Pineapple Willy’s. Owner Bill Buskell     ed open-air venue, which features functional roll-up doors to allow for
has always valued the history that sur-                                                                          adjustments to weather conditions,
rounds his restaurant’s location, and                                                                            will seat approximately 100 people.
points out that under his current din-                                                                           Entertainment will alternate between
ing pier, the charred remains from the                                                                           wall-mounted plasma TVs and live
original hotel fire are evident.                                                                                  performances on a specially-de-
                                                                                                                 signed bandstand, fully equipped
In Buskell’s 67 years, he has seen the                                                                           with Bose technology so that each
face of the beach change drastically,                                                                            musician will have an individual
but none more radical than the land-                                                                             sound. Local beach musicians will
scape that currently surrounds this                                                                              be featured along with Buskell’s
popular locale. And despite having                                                                               favorite sound – The Blues. “And,
been offered multi-millions to aban-                                                                             of course, we will continue utilizing
don his little piece of history, Buskell                                                                         our immensely popular sports bar
has remained steadfastly rooted in                                                                               featuring a computerized video DJ
this prime location.                        The Panama City Beach Hotel , circa 1940.
                                                                                                                 via satellite,” said Buskell.
“When you consider the business angle – government would get a big So while the horizon of the beach may have changed with the years and
chunk, and then inheritance would get another, and it’s simply not worth seasons, what you won’t see change is the reputation and location of Pine-
it,” said Buskell. “After all, this is quite an operation with 150 employ- apple Willy’s, which will also go down in history as one of the beach’s
ees.” Buskell’s son, Eric, oversees the management of the team members best. Isn’t it a wonderful thing that history has repeated itself on what was
who have put their lives, and future, into the business as well.              originally dubbed “that ugly white sand?” Now … go make your own
With 1,300 condos within walking distance of Pineapple Willy’s, the         history, and memories, at Pineapple Willy’s/Willy’s Pier Bar!

                                                                      SPINNAKER BEACH CLUB
                                                                      Sometimes the best
                                                                      “thing to do” at the
                                                                      beach is simply,
                                                                      spend time on the
                                                                      beach.
                                                                      Spinnaker       Beach
                                                                      Club     has      been
                                                                      around for over 25
                                                                      years and, like the
                                                                      rest of us, Spinna-
                                                                      ker has grown up.
                                                                      The concerts are still
                                                                      awesome with top
                                                                      name national acts. The dance
                                                                      floor is still packed and single
                                                                      people can still meet single
                                                                      people. But Spinnaker has
gone back to basic stuff people love about coming to the beach: encouraging their guests to play in
the surf, build sandcastles and enjoy the salty breeze. Relax and recharge your batteries with a cold
beer, great food, good times and long lazy days. And with the whole beach for a playground, kids
are welcome and no one will care if they... act like kids! The Spinnaker Beach Club is located at
8975 Thomas Drive; (850) 234-7882; visit www.spinnakerbeachclub.com.
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                                             SHOPPING                    AND           THINGS                TO       DO

                                                             Health & Body
                                                                                   SERENITY AT BAY POINT
                                                                                   Serenity at Bay Point, a state-of-the-
                                                                                   art 11,000-square-foot on-premises full
                                                                                   service spa, salon and fitness center,
                                                                                   opens May ‘07. The spectacular spa
                                                                                   will offer an extensive list of the lavish
                                                                                   spa treatments, soothing facials, Swed-
                                                                                   ish massages, classic manicures and
                                                                                   pedicures. The state-of-the-art fitness
                                                                                   center is complete with steam, sauna,
                                                                                   whirlpool and a staff of certified fitness
                                                                                   professionals. Spa hours are daily from
                                                                                   9am to 6pm Monday-Saturday, and
                                                                                   9am to 5pm on Sunday. Fitness center
                                             hours are 6am to 8pm daily. Spa fees are $20 for hotel/member guests and
                                             $25 for resort/local guests. (850) 236-6028; www.serenityatbaypoint.com.

                                                  GOLD’S GYM
                                             Gold’s Gym offers many means of challenging your body into fitness.
                                             Classes include the popular Body Pump, the high-energy Body Step, the
                                             calming Body Flow, the dance-infused Body Jam, the cardio-crazed Body
                                             Attack and the karate-inspired Body Combat. Other sessions include RPM
                                             (if you feel like burning up to 800 calories in one hour), Guts & Butts (lung-
                                             es and crunches and squats, oh my!), and Instructor’s Choice Cardio, a dif-
                                             ferent form of cardio every Saturday at 10am including attack, jam, combat,
              Photo courtesy of Gold’s Gym
                                             step and RPM. Call (850) 233-2111 for times and more information.




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                                                        Health & Wellness

 Is Your Face on Fire? Cool It Down For Summer!
 Managing the Embarrassing Symptoms of Rosacea                                                                     by Kimberly Moskowitz, MD



I
    t begins as an innocent rosy flush to your     theory is that rosacea is caused by factors that    persistent redness, and rhinophyma.
    face triggered by emotional stress or exer-   generate inflammatory changes in the skin.           To permanently improve the redness, flush-
    tion. You soon notice that hot beverages,     Scientists have not yet proven if and how De-       ing, and facial veins associated with rosacea,
spicy foods, tomatoes, certain cheeses, sun ex-   modex and inflammation are related; but we           vascular specific laser light treatments such as
posure, caffeine or alcohol (especially red                                                               intense pulsed light (IPL) or pulse dye la-
wine) cause your face to erupt into a bright                                                              ser provide great success. The laser light
red flare. With time, the flushing becomes                                                                  energy targets abnormal blood vessels
more persistent as tiny blood vessels called                                                              that cause flushing and seals them shut.
telangiectasias, become a prominent fea-                                                                  It generally requires two to six treatments
ture of your cheeks, nose, and chin. Many                                                                 scheduled four to six weeks apart to cause
people complain of a “facial hot flash” or                                                                 significant improvement. IPL treatments
a stinging pain associated with these epi-                                                                have also been shown to reduce the “acne”
sodes. People question why your face looks                                                                bumps associated with rosacea and im-
constantly sun burned. These episodes can                                                                 prove sun damage including age spots,
be socially embarrassing and can occur un-                                                                fine lines, and blotchy pigmentation.
predictably or in response to the triggers
                                                                                                          Patients with rosacea typically have “sensi-
described above.
                                                                                                          tive” skin and find that cleansers designed
The disease of “flushers and blushers”, Ro-                                                                for “regular acne” worsen their symptoms.
sacea is the 3rd most common chronic skin                                                                 Gentle, cleansers such as Cetaphil are com-
disorder in the western world. It affects                                                                 monly recommended. Herbal remedies
over 14 million people in the United States                                                               sometimes bring relief with ingredients
alone. It is more common in families and                                                                  such as green tea, calendula, chamomile
fair-skinned people of Celtic or Northern                                                                 (bisoprolol), licorice, feverfew, oatmeal,
European heritage. It is two to three times                                                               or lavender. The utility of these herbs is
more common in women than men but                                                                         based on their purported anti-inflamma-
tends to run a more aggressive and disfig-                                                                 tory properties. When flushing is difficult
uring course in males. Symptoms usually                                                                   to control, especially in postmenopausal
begin in persons aged 30-50, progressively                                                                women, your physician can prescribe low-
worsen over time, and can lead to perma-                                                                  doses of certain blood pressure medica-
nent disfiguring skin changes. Hallmarks                                                                   tions like beta blockers or clonidine. This
of the disease include redness and visible                                                                must be performed carefully in persons
                                                  do know that current therapies, including oral
blood vessels on the nose, cheeks, and chin.                                                          with normal or low blood pressure.
                                                  antibiotics and creams exert their effects by re-
Tiny bumps resembling pimples often appear        ducing inflammation in the skin.                     Rosacea, the “great pretender,” mimics many
resulting in misdiagnosis and confusing terms                                                         common disorders such as acne, postmeno-
such as “acne rosacea”, or “adult acne”. At       Despite inconclusive theories about the cause
                                                  of rosacea, the main treatment options are          pausal symptoms, sunburn, and lupus. It is
least 50 percent of patients with rosacea will                                                        a chronic disorder that inevitably worsens
also develop ocular (eye) symptoms such as        generally agreed upon by clinicians. The ini-
                                                  tial therapeutic step is avoidance of known         over time so early diagnosis and management
itching, burning, dryness, grittiness, and red-                                                       is critical. While there is no “cure” for this
ness. In late stages, usually in men, disfigur-    precipitating factors such as alcoholic bever-
                                                  ages, caffeine, and foods that commonly flare        common disease, there is a vast armament of
ing swelling and nodules form on the nose – a                                                         choices from pills & creams to laser light tech-
condition called rhinophyma.                      symptoms. Because rosacea is worsened
                                                  by sun exposure, it is crucial to apply broad       nology that can rid you of your red..
Despite its prevalence and social impact, its     spectrum sunscreen (Zinc oxide and Titanium
exact etiology remains elusive. While the         dioxide are ingredients to look for). Without       Kimberly Moskowitz, MS, MD ~ Cosmetic Vein &
signs, symptoms, and demographics of rosa-        it, the UV rays of the sun will increase facial     Laser Center ~ 12118 Panama City Beach Park-
cea are well-known, scientists still work to      flushing and tiny broken blood vessels. Topi-        way, (850) 233-0264. Member, American College
discover the underlying cause. The current                                                            of Phlebology ~ Medical Degree: Georgetown
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buzz words for rosacea are Demodex and in-        or Tetracyclines are common first-line choices,      Hospital Phlebology/Vein training: American
flammation. Aside from the “triggers” already      especially for papulopustular rosacea (the type     Vein Institute & Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s
discussed, scientists have found possible asso-   that resembles acne). These choices generally       Hospital. Visit www.floridaveindoctor.com.
ciations with the common face mite known as       provide mild improvement but will not reverse
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SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                              Golf
NICKLAUS COURSE AT BAY POINT
This par-72 championship-caliber course measures over 7,100 yards
and is the first Nicklaus course in the Florida Panhandle. The course
offers a dramatic and enjoyable challenge for both novice and avid
golfers. It incorporates the natural terrain of scrub oaks, pines and
salt-water marshes, and offers panoramic views of St. Andrew’s Bay.
                                              SIGNAL HILL                   HOLIDAY GOLF CLUB
                                          This popular course features      Located one mile off the beach,
                                          wide-open,      well-groomed      Holiday Golf Club is a semi-pri-
                                          fairways and large, manicured     vate, 18-hole, par-72 champion-
                                          greens. The centrally-located     ship course. With greens that are
                                          18-hole, par-71 course has a      fast, firm and challenging, Holi-
                                          slope rating of 100.82 with       day was voted Best Golf Course
                                          5,617 yards from the blue         in Bay County ‘02, ‘03 and ‘04 by
tees and 5,259 yards from the red tees. Keep an eye out for the wildlife!   the Local Readers Choice Award.
(850) 234-3218.                                                             (850) 234-1800.
                                                        HOMBRE GOLF CLUB                              features The Academy at Hombre Golf Club
                                                    Hombre’s 27 Championship Holes, “The Good,        offering two-, three- and five-day golf schools
                                                    The Bad & The Ugly,” feature water on 21 of       and hourly lesson packages. Call Adam Brack
                                                    the total 27, and are meticulously manicured to   for information and to reserve your child’s
                                                    PGA specifications throughout the year. Both       space in Summer Jr. Golf Camp at (850) 236-
                                                    scenic and challenging, Hombre is nestled         8374. Course Amenities: GPS Technology on
                                                    amidst wetlands, marshes, lakes and preserves,    every cart, driving range, chipping and putting
                                                    and is beautifully framed with a stunning as-     greens, Golf Shop and Siesta Bar & Grill, serv-
                                                    sortment of palms, pines and azaleas. Hombre      ing breakfast and lunch daily; (850) 234-3673.




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     THE “WOW” EFFECT                                                         SHOPPING AND THINGS TO DO

                                                                                                      Evening




POSH AT CLUB LA VELA                                                          WINE TASTING
Club La Vela’s newest signature room is the talk of the industry. Posh        Every Friday from 5 to 7pm Chan’s Wine World, located in the Retail
was conceived as a concept club featuring a Super VIP environment             Village of Grand Panama Beach Resort, holds informative, educational
with minimalist South Beach Decor, highlighting trace elements from            - and just plain fun wine and cheese tastings! In addition to great
Miami’s Delano and Pearl clubs.                                               deals on a huge array of wines, Chan’s sells 320 domestic, imported
Posh is hip, trendy, chic, sensual, exotic, erotic, beautiful, fashionable,   and mirco-brew beers, international bubbly, many hard-to-find liquors
vogue, stylish, swank, and mode! Reds, Pinks, Whites and Blues mix            and liqueurs, gift baskets, gourmet chocolate, and the store has its very
in a stunning canvas of sights. Intelligent LED lighting and premium          own well-stocked cigar humidor. (850) 249-2166.
sound enhance the atmosphere while plush, intimate seating areas create
the perfect atmosphere for an elegant night out on the town or beach.                                               FRED ASTAIRE DANCE
                                                                                                                    Come Share the Experience of
                              A VIP bedroom complete with a platform                                                dancing! At Fred Astaire Dance
                              bed, nightstands, shelves and a plasma                                                Studio our mission is to enrich
                              screen add to the “wow” effect. The DJs                                               the lives of everyone who walks
                              spin a delightfully refreshing mix of sexy                                            through our doors. We offer week-
                              hip-hop and house, and patrons receive su-                                            ly Open House group lessons and
                              perior service from an exceptional staff.                                             professional demonstrations.
                              Posh is the place for the beautiful people.                                           Any Thursday at 8pm head out
                              Though part of the same structure, Posh is                                            to 2401 Ruth Hentz Avenue (off
                              operated separately from the Club La Vela                                             23rd Street) and enter the fun
                              mega club. Posh features its own entrance                                             and energetic world of dance for
                              and private bathrooms. Dress To Impress                                               FREE! Step into our 5,200 square
                              is the name of the game here.                                                         foot facility and feel the rhythm
                                                                                                                    from our state-of-the-art sound
                                                                                                                    system. Speak with our friendly,
                                                                                professional instructors, and make some new friends.
                                                                                If you can walk, you can dance! Learn basic steps in Latin, Ball-
                                                                                room, Country & Western and more, then relax with a glass of wine
                                                                                or soda and enjoy the show. Our students thrive in the experience of
                                                                                dance with one-on-one classes, weekly practice parties, group instruc-
                                                                                tion, glamorous competitions and fun studio trips worldwide (learn to
                                                                                tango in Argentina on your next vacation). Call (850) 873-6269 and
                                                                                we’ll answer any questions you have. See you on Thursday!

                                                                              SALTY’S
                                                                              Established in 1986, Salty’s Beach Bar is one of the oldest nightspots
                                                                              on Panama City Beach. Located on Front Beach Road, the bar features
                                                                              live music, refreshing watermelon coolers and dancing-’til-you-drop!
                                                                              Salty’s new 10,000 square foot seafood restaurant opens this summer.
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BOATYARD
Inspired by the casual nature of coastal                       If you can walk...
and island living, and designed to ease
right in with the rustic, open-air feel of
the docks of Grand Lagoon, the Boat-
                                                                you can dance!
yard just begs you to hang out, kick back
and unwind. From beach favorites to
today’s chart toppers, Barry and Greg
have got you covered at the Boatyard.
With a unique style that makes any night
special, come check out Barry and Greg! (850) 249-9273.




                                                                                     * Latin, Ballroom, Country & Western
                                                                                     * Wedding Dances
                                                                                     * Gift Certificates Available
                                                                                     * Over 20 Years Experience
                                                                                     * Free Beginner Group Class
                                                                                       Thursdays at 8:00pm
                                                                                     (850) 873-6269
                                                          2401 Ruth Hentz Ave.
                                                          2401 Ruth Hentz Ave.      Lic#DS362
                                                                                    Lic#DS362    www.fredastaire.com
                                                                                                 www.fredastaire.com

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MEMBER NEWS
Ambassadors
The following Ambassadors received a White
                                                 Beach Care Services
                                                 Shortly before Christmas last year, a tearful
                                                                                                    Sharing Experiences:
                                                                                                    Aussie Planner Meets
Badge in early March: Christine Langford and     woman and her three young children came to         Beaches Chamber
Carrie Toth from Clear Channel; Mary Thweat      BCS for help. Having been recently deserted        Chamber officers Debi Knight and Marta
from Carpe Cuisine; and Danette Andersen and     by the children’s father, the woman had been       Rose met a Strategic Planner from Western
Patti Lowery from Gift Basket Designs. Doug      working as a waitress until she was fired for       Australia, Nathan Ritchie, to share and compare
DeGood from Domino’s                                                       taking time off to       experiences.
Pizza received his                                                         care for a sick child.
Platinum Badge.                                                            We paid her rent, and    Nathan is part of a highly diverse, six-person
                                                                           found a sponsor to       young professionals team sent by Rotary
In April, the following                                                                             International as part of a Group Study Exchange
                                                                           purchase Christmas
Ambassadors received                                                                                from Western Australia, and travelled from
                                                                           presents for the
a White Badge: Linda                                                                                Pensacola to Tallahassee during the month
                                                                           children. The client
Shaw from Realjoy                                                                                   of March. The team stopped in Panama
                                                                           was very despondent,
Properties;        Amy                                                                              City on March 20th and Nathan met with the
                                                                           and was referred to a
Trull from Suntrust                                                                                 Beaches Chamber to learn more about the local
                                                                           mental health agency.
Mortgage;       Michele                                                                             developments.
Good from Wavebreak                                                       This week, she called
                                                                                                    “One of the major differences between Western
Facility Services; Pam                                                    to thank us for our
                                                                                                    Australia (WA) and Panama City Beach is that
Ackerland from Navy                                                       help. She is doing
                                                                                                    while the beaches, culture and lifestyle are very
Federal Credit Union;                                                     much better, seeing
                                                                                                    similar, the approach to development is quiet
and Beverly BonFleur                                                      the counselors, and
                                                                                                    different,” noted Nathan. “WA has protected the
from          Prudential                                                  schooling has been
                                                                                                    majority of the coastline from development, in
Shimmering        Sands                                                   arranged for her. We
                                                                                                    turn protecting fragile ecological dune systems
Realty. Gold Badges:                                                      love these success
                                                                                                    and increasing accessibility to the beach.”
Terry    Hook      from                                                   stories!
Publix; Diane Williams                                                                              In WA, condo developments like those see on
                                                                           We need corporate
from BonRoy; and Dr.                                                                                Front Beach Road are permitted only on the
                                                                           sponsors to help meet
Gurprit Sekhon from                                                                                 furthest side (away from the beach), placing the
                                                 our client services expenses of about $5,000
Gulf Coast Medical Center. Fred Bredehorst                                                          road between the development and the beach.
                                                 monthly. If you can help BCS, or know someone
from Wingate Inn received his Platinum Badge.                                                       These developments are limited to a height of
                                                 who would be interested, please call (850) 235-
                                                                                                    seven stories (in some places), averaging four
                                                 3002, and help us help your neighbors.
United Way                                                                                          stories along the coastline, with the aim to
Volunteering is one of the best ways to                                                             reduce the visual impact of the developments
contribute to the overall well-being of your     The Weather Channel                                on the landscape.
community. You have the chance to learn new      Comes to PCB                                       After several days of meetings and a tour of
skills, make friends and, most importantly, to   On March 18th the Weather Channel travelled        the area, Nathan forecasted, “Although bigger
share your experience                                               from Atlanta to Panama          is not always better, in this case Panama City
and your willingness to                                             City Beach. Over 88             Beach will be bigger and better than its wildest
help with those who need                                            million viewers tuned in        dreams. This is a place to keep an eye out for
it the most.                                                        as the popular channel          in the future.”
                                                                    celebrated the first day of
Volunteering is open to
                                                                    Spring.
any individual or group
willing to roll up their                                               “(Producer) Jim Gagne
sleeves to help make                                                   and (Meteorologist) Mike
Northwest Florida a better                                             Slidell were a delight to
place for everyone to live.                                            meet and work with,” said
To become involved visit www.unitedwaynwfl.       Chamber president Debi Knight. “We really
org and click on the Volunteer Connection        enjoyed showing them around the area while they
link. Follow the directions and view several     were in town.” The Weather Channel spotlighted
organizations needing help. Or, post your        the emerald waters from several vistas including   From left: Debi Knight, Jim Gagne (standing)
profile and let them contact you. Get busy and    Pineapple Willy’s, Holiday Inn Sunspree and the    and Mike Slidell from the Weather Channel,
volunteer. Get busy and do what matters.         Treasure Ship.                                     Marta Rose and Tom Mixon.
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MEMBER NEWS
This meeting aims to be
the catalyst in developing
future relations with some
like Western Australian
Chambers to share learn-
ing      opportunities      and
experiences, and to capitalize
on initiatives in the future.

Bridge Harbor
Bridge Harbor Investment Marta Rose, Nathan Ritchie, Debi Knight An Old Florida-style home in Bridge Harbor
Company, LLC recently
broke ground on Bridge Harbor, a unique 155-                                                   Make today the beginning of a beautiful
acre waterfront residential community being “Come as you are,” and enjoy a fun fishing relationship with a skin care program designed
developed on the serene shores of East Bay and surfing feel with laid-back sounds and just for you. Call Elaine Williams for a private
in Callaway. “We are extremely excited and genuine Panama City Beach hospitality. Come consultation at (850) 236-9122 or visit www.
proud to be creating a community like Bridge experience the food, beautiful views and great marykay.com/elainewilliams.
Harbor,” said developer Worth Williams. people. The Fish Box Bar & Grill is located at
“Bridge Harbor embraces the rich traditions 13006 Front Beach Road just west of the Clara
                                                                                               Romancing With Stones
of small town life. It’s a place for friends and Avenue intersection. Call (850) 249-3470 for
                                                                                               At Romancing With Stones, Fine Jewelers, we
family to connect with each other and with the more information.
                                                                                               are a family owned and operated business. We
wonders of nature.”
                                                                                               specialize in custom fabricating our customers’
                                                 Top Shelf Storage
Bridge Harbor will feature single family Top Shelf Storage is a brand new, 100% climate dreams. All of our jewelry is hand fabricated
homesites, town homes and waterfront estates controlled storage facility located in Panama to perfection by 25-year master jeweler Bruce
with an extensive list of unique amenities City Beach, featuring state of the art security, Lane Workman.
and neighborhood commercial space. The personal and commercial units, and temperature Whether you need a small repair, and need it
architecture will be reminiscent of an Old controlled wine & fine art storage. The only back in the same day, or you are looking for that
Florida style vernacular, borrowing from bonded warehouse between Jacksonville and special stone for that special someone, stop by
Victorian and “Cracker” style architecture.      Pensacola, where your needs are our priority. or give us a call. Romancing With Stones is
Bridge Harbor has released Phase One of the                                                          open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 6pm.
community, which encompasses 25 waterfront                                                           Located at Back Beach Plaza near Highway 79.
homesites and 64 interior homesites ranging in                                                       Private consultations are available any time;
price from $150,000 to $475,000. Currently                                                           call (850) 235-7999.
under construction is the Bridge Harbor
Welcome Center, designed by architect J.          Experience Powerhouse                              Leads Groups
Michael Hunnicutt as well as two model                                                               The Chamber’s two Leads Groups meet twice
                                                  Skin Care!
homes. For more information on residential                                                           a month to share business leads and informa-
                                                  Feel the joy of beautiful results. See a more
opportunities, please call (850) 871-2441 or                                                         tion. We strive to keep our group industry spe-
                                                  radiant complexion. And transform your skin
visit www.bridgeharborfl.com.                                                                         cific, and allow one of any profession to avoid
                                                  from the inside out with powerful skin care
                                                                                                     conflict. We invite anybody interested in fur-
                                                  products from Mary Kay. Let your age be your
The Fish Box                                                                                         thering their careers or business to join us.
                                                  secret and glow with younger-looking skin.
Bar & Grill                                       You’ll love the instant results you get with the   LEADS GROUP A meets at the Boatyard,
As the newest member                              TimeWise Micro-dermabrasion Set. Fight             5323 North Lagoon Dr., every 2nd & 4th
of The Greater Panama                             fine lines, refine pores and achieve beautifully     Wednesday of the month at 12:00 Noon.
City Beaches Chamber of Commerce (as of the       smooth skin - immediately.                         Erven Sewell (850) 784-0032 or esewell@
publication of this issue), owners Tim and Lisa                                                      copyproductscompany.com
                                                  We have a new product – the TimeWise Targeted
Jacobi invite you to join them at the beach’s
                                                  Action Line Reducer. It firms and tightens          LEADS GROUP B meets at the Boatyard,
newest casual dining experience, The Fish Box
                                                  lines and wrinkles. You can see results within     5323 North Lagoon Dr., every 1st and 3rd
Bar & Grill. Serving great seafood prepared
                                                  minutes and see lasting results over time. Up to   Wednesday of the month at 12:00 Noon.
via traditional family recipes, the restaurant
                                                  33% fewer forehead lines and wrinkles; up to       Jared Jones (850) 303-1989 or jared.jones@
offers both indoor and outdoor seating (in case
                                                  50% fewer crow’s-feet area lines and wrinkles.     knology.com.
you want to feel the island breezes).
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           Art & Culture
         by Kira Burdeshaw, Junior Museum of Bay County




                   D   osatue s
                     in t h
                            r
                          are a
                                 useum
                        Junior M




E
       very spring, the Junior Museum hosts a brand new adventure
       for families, school children and area visitors. This year the Mu-
       seum is proud to present, “They’re Big, They’re Bad, They’re
Back...Dinosaurs!” This very popular and often requested exhibit will
be on display until May 25, 2007.
As your family enters the exhibit, they will be immersed into a time
long forgotten. Dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons set in lush dioramas
seem to come to life as they ‘forage’ and ‘hunt.’ Robotic dinosaurs actu-
ally will come to life when your child steps up to the controls to make
them roar, lunge and even wag their tails! Hands on activities such a
large paleontologist’s dig site, jumbo puzzles, etchings and please-touch
artifacts make this exhibit a hit with all ages in the family.
                                                                            Banking solutions
                                                                            for more than
The Museum is a one of a kind family experience in Bay County. Ad-
mission into the Dinosaur exhibit is $9 per person, which includes gen-
                                                                                                               100 years.
eral admission into the Museum. For more information on the Museum,
its friendly staff is always happy to receive phone calls by calling 850-
769-6128. You can also visit their website at www.jrmuseum.org for
regular updates. The Junior Museum is located at 1731 Jenks Avenue
in Panama City.




                                                                            7522 Front Beach Rd.   3400 Marriott Dr.   220 W. 19th St.   12216 Panama City Beach
                                                                             Panama City Beach        Bay Point         Panama City         Panama City Beach
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                                                        Dining Out                                                               by Marta Rose

                                                                                                                           Pan Asian style, and Antartic
                                                                                                                             Butterfish Piccata all
                                                                                                                             caught my eye that evening.
                                                                                                                            On occasion I do order “turf,”
                                                                                                                           and Bonefish has plenty of
                                                                                                                          great chicken and steak entrees
                                                                                                                         like Tenderloin Portabella
                                                                                                                        Piccata, Fontina Chops, and
                                                                                                                       Lily’s Fire Roasted Chicken
                                                                                                                      topped with Chevre goat cheese,
                                                                                                                     Spanish artichokes and a lemon
                                                                                                        basil sauce. After much indecision I ordered the
                                                                                                        Atlantic Swordfish (like a juicy steak) topped
                                                                                                        with Gorgonzola cheese, wilted spinach and
Have a glass of wine or a martini before dinner at Bonefish’s long bar...or have dinner there!
                                                                                                        crispy bacon. Island Rice, a confetti of long-
                                                                                                        grain and wild rices, raisins and red peppers,


I
    n 2000, restaurateurs Tim Curci and Chris        Martini, a sweet, cool concoction of Kahlua,       accompanied the fish along with a rainbow of
    Parker set out to create a “polished casual”     cocoa, espresso and vanilla vodka served with a    perfectly al dente steamed vegetables. One
    dining experience that would take the            crunchy sugared rim. This refreshing aperitif is   friend ordered the fresh steamed King Crab
mystery out of fish for people who didn’t eat         a perfect way to relax before dinner after a long  Legs – succulent and sweet with a dish of drawn
it very often. Bonefish Grill was founded (the        day of work, although one might also consider      butter – escorted by Bonefish’s special cheesy
first opened in St. Petersburg, FL), opening to       the Espresso Martini perfect for dessert.          Potatoes Au Gratin. Meanwhile across the
rave reviews and wild popularity. With a huge        Other signature martinis include the Icicle        table my other friend was having a love affair
focus on Fresh, Bonefish’s formula for success        Aphrodisiac with watermelon and passion            with her own dish, the Chilean Sea Bass (tender
is that the fish is flown in daily, inspected and      fruit, the Pomegranate Martini with a trace of     and sweet) topped with warm mango salsa.
hand-cut, then cooked to perfection over a           mango, the Georgia Peach, the Lemon Drop
                                                                                                       Needless to say, we just couldn’t fit in dessert on
wood-burning grill. Guided by knowledgeable          and the Hpnotiq Breeze Martini with tropical
                                                                                                       this particular outing. But when I go back next
servers, guests choose a fish that best matches       fruit and a hint of cocoa.
                                                                                                       I’m all about trying the Chocolate Macadamia
their taste preference which is then finished with
                                                     We chose two appetizers from a menu of nine Nut Brownie Cake served with raspberry sauce,
a Bonefish signature treatment.*
                                                     amazing-sounding starters. The legendary creamy vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped
The other evening I dined at Bonefish Grill in        Bang Bang Shrimp, a pyramid of tender, crispy cream. Or maybe I’ll just try another one of
the Grand Panama Beach Resort in Panama City         wild gulf shrimp tossed in a fiery, creamy sauce those Espresso Martinis.
Beach. Everything, from the delicious food, the      was fantastic with its lip-burning kick. The
                                                                                                       Bonefish Grill opens at 4:00 pm every day and
refreshing drinks, the friendly service and the      elegant Mussels Josephine—Prince Edward
                                                                                                       closes at 10:00 pm on Sunday, 10:30 pm Monday
lively ambiance, was wonderful. It’s the kind of     Island Mussels sautéed with tomatoes, garlic,
                                                                                                       through Thursday, and 11:30 pm on Friday and
meal that has you walking out the door feeling       Genovese Basil and lemon wine sauce—had
                                                                                                       Saturday. Reservations are accepted; call (850)
happy, satisfied and still smiling.                   a lovely, sweet finish with the faint essence
                                                                                                       249-0428.
                                                     of anisette. Our server brought fresh, warm
My two friends and I dined early on a Tuesday        crusty bread and a dish of olive oil infused with
evening. At 6:15 it was still light out but the                                                        *Treatments include Lime Tomato Garlic sauce,
                                                     savory citrus pesto for dipping. Our Bonefish
place was already filling up. I looked around                                                           Lemon Butter Sauce, Virgin Mediterranean
                                                     House Salads arrived, crisp lettuces and baby
and noted all types of customers: a table of                                                           Sauce, Warm Mango Salsa, and Pan Asian
                                                     greens surrounded by tomatoes, Kalamata
women having a “ladies gathering,” a number                                                            Style.
                                                     olives, Brazilian organic hearts of palm and
of families with young children, several             roasted pine nuts, drizzled with a light herbal-
couples, and even a “guy’s night out” group at       orange vinaigrette. Halfway through our dining     Ready to have
the next table. Upbeat music filled the room,
and we were greeted and served by several of
                                                     experience the lights dimmed, the music relaxed
                                                     a bit, and the crowd started arriving in droves.
                                                                                                        your restaurant
the friendliest servers I have encountered during
my time in Panama City Beach.
                                                     The mood was festive and comfortable.              reviewed?
Bonefish Grill has a full bar and a solid wine list
                                                     Ordering our entrees had been a difficult task.
                                                     Bonefish’s menu displays a generous anthology
                                                                                                        Call Marta Rose at the
including traditional favorites like Stag’s Leap     of fresh fish and mouth-watering favorites. I was   Chamber, 235-1159.
and Cakebread, however, this evening seemed          in a “surf” mood, and the Pistachio Parmesan
to call for martinis. I opted for the Espresso       Crusted Rainbow Trout, Ahi Tuna served
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                                     a few           moved to Panama City Beach in 1993 with
                                                     their son Ryan (now 15). Fourteen years later
                                                                                                        shallow pool (8” in the deepest area). Hotel
                                                                                                        guests can enjoy the poolside Bamboo Grill
                       minutes                       their family has expanded to include 9-year old
                                                     son Austin and 3-year-old daughter Chloé.
                                                                                                        and Oasis Bar.
                                                                                                        Cody sits on the Chamber’s Board of Directors
                                   with...           “I love being a mentor, I love to nurture, and I   and chairs the Chamber’s Attractions
                                                     love people,” Cody says. “That’s my calling.”      Committee, a task force created to gather
                                                     As for his own mentors, he names Charlie and       information on parcels of available land for
                     Cody Khan                       Lila Hilton, who                                                             entertainment
                                                     are godparents to
                                                     his three children.
                                                                           “Panama City Beach will never be                       opportunities and
                                                                                                                                  initiatives.   “We
                                                     “Mr. and Mrs.
                                                     Hilton are my
                                                                           Destin, Rosemary Beach or 30A. We                      formed this group
                                                                                                                                  because we need
                                                     mentors and my        will be our own unique identity, with                  to add value to our
                                                     guiding light, after                                                         Panama City Beach
                                                     my own parents,”      our own unique customer profile.”                       properties,” states
                                                     he says.       “Chip                                                         Cody, adding that
                                                     (Hilton, their son) is also my mentor. He taught   the committee recognizes the needs for more
                                                     me how to golf, hunt and fish.” Golf is Cody’s      family-oriented entertainment venues.
                                                     confessed “getaway,” a passion he undertakes
                                                                                                        “The most precious thing to happen to
                                                     often, along with tennis and fishing.
                                                                                                        Panama City Beach is not the airport (which
                                                     Cody is Vice President of Hilton Inc. and          is very important), but the Front Beach Road
                                                     oversees all operations of the Holiday Inn         CRA,” he states. “It’s going to completely
                                                     Sunspree. Formerly “The Escape Motel,”             change our destination.” Cody acknowledges


C
        ody Khan has been in the hospitality         the Sunspree is one of the busiest hotels on       that Panama City Beach will never be Destin,
        industry since he was nine years old.        the beach and, like Panama City Beach itself,      Rosemary Beach or 30A. “We will be our
        “My first job, at nine, was bussing           is also evolving. This June the new three-         own unique identity, with our own unique
tables,” he remembers. The money he                  story activities complex will open, featuring      customer profile.”
earned went to pay for tennis lessons. That          meeting space and a martini bar on the top,
                                                                                                        The future of Panama City Beach looks
early enthusiasm was only a small blueprint          a luxury spa where guests can get a facial or
                                                                                                        exciting. “As our product, Panama City
of what was to come. These days he begins            massage while they view the beautiful Gulf
                                                                                                        Beach, is evolving, our consumer is evolving,
his day at 4:00 am with a two-hour treadmill         through clear glass walls, and a kid’s zone
                                                                                                        and we will have a greater variety of choices
jog. (Yes, two hours – this is not a typo!) This     complete with indoor movie theater, outdoor
                                                                                                        and options. I really believe in the next five
passionate and motivated go-getter is also a         “dive-in theater” and Teen Nights. Children
                                                                                                        years this place is going to explode.”
devoted husband and father. Born in London           can also play at Lil’ Squirts Aqualand, a
and raised in Texas, Cody and his wife Wendy         maze of colorful swings and slides in a




Left: Lil’ Squirts Aqualand is perfect for the kids. Center: The
Holiday Inn Sunspree on the beautiful Gulf. Right: A view of
the pool and lush, tropical landscaping at Holiday Inn Sun-
spree.



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                                                                 Friday at the Beach
                                                                        with Paris Janos of WJHG Channel 7
                                                                                May 11, 2007
                                                           7:30-9:00AM           Edgewater Beach Resort
                                                                       Guest Speaker: Jimmy Patronis




      Sharon & Gregory Yordon
         Nationally Board Certified                                    June 8, 2007
      in Hearing Instrument Sciences                      7:30-9:00AM Bay Point Marriott Resort
                                                                        Guest Speaker: VISIT FLORIDA
    A Difference
 Worth Hearing About
   BELTONE,                                                                                    JB Flooring of Florida
A Leader in Hearing Aid Technology
   FREE Hearing Evaluations.                                 Call the Chamber to RSVP at 235-1159
   Consistent care, almost anywhere
with Beltone’s largest network of
hearing care centers in the nation.
                                            Economic Initiatives in Bay County

                                            S
                                                  usan Story, President & CEO of Gulf Power, was the guest speaker at Friday at the
   Repairs
                                                  Beach on March 9th at the Bay Point Marriott. In her presentation, Story discussed
and service                                       recognizing our community’s economic strengths, and the special initiatives that can
on almost all                               help Florida’s economy grow.
makes and
                                            Several key economy sectors offer large growth potential and overall economic impact in
models.                                     Bay County. Life Sciences – including hospitals, health and wellness clinics, treatment
   Belcare,                                 centers, medical manufacturing firms and pharmaceutical companies, bring more busi-
the most                                    nesses and vendors to the area. Information Technology is a growing sector (the Cham-
competitive                                 ber encourages and supports new business development of small consulting firms, software
follow-up                                   and IT companies). “If you can get the small businesses to start here, they will grow here,”
care program of its kind.                   Story stated. Aviation and aerospace is strong and growing in Bay County. Established
                                            military bases like Eglin, Tyndall and Naval Support Activity have the resources to attract
   We also have assistive listening         commercial aviation and help launch smaller research companies focused on homeland se-
devices, hearing aid accessories            curity defense. Manufacturing is another solid industry in Bay County; large manufac-
and fresh batteries.                        turers like Arizona Chemical, Eastern Ship Building and Smurfit-Stone Packaging provide
   Financing available (with app. credit)   many high-wage jobs opportunities.
                                                                                                           On April 13th Mark Bowen
NEW BEACH LOCATION                                                                                         from the Emergency Opera-
  Every Tuesday from 8:30 - 4:00                                                                           tions Council (EOC) was
                                                                                                           the guest speaker at Edge-
  in “Bay Medical at the Beach”                                                                            water Beach Resort. He
    11111 P.C. Beach Parkway                                                                               discussed The Long Emer-
      Call (850) 763-0801 or                                                                               gency: A global view of
                                                                                                           preparedness, and a number
     (877) 608-4327 for appt.                                                                              reasons to be prepared, from
       2633 Hwy 77 Suite A                                                                                 climate change to fossil fuel
          Panama City                                                                                      depletion.
                                            Friday at the Beach on April 13th at Edgewater Beach Resort

                                                                                       The Circuit May/June 2007                35
                                                                               iz Spo tlight
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                                                                     B
                                                                             orn in the “Low Country” of Charleston, South Carolina, Ric
                                                                             Brigman grew up listening to the sweet sounds emanating from
                                                                             the Folly Beach Pier from such groups as The Tams, The Emer-
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       Toll Free 866-452-1207                                                                                      to locals—and enjoys a
                                                                     fan base from young and old alike. You’re sure to enjoy his extensive
       Located in Historic Downtown Panama City       Local call
                                                                     repertoire which includes beach music, blues, jazz, oldies, country, easy
  470 Harrison Avenue Panama City, FL 32401         (850) 215-7785
                                                                     listening,                                                     ballads and
                                                                     standards.
                                                                     perform-
                                                                                    Ric bought his first guitar                      He enjoys
                                                                                                                                    ing      the
                                                                     hits from      when he was 15—from money                       such artists
                                                                     from Van                                                       Morrison
                                                                     to Lionel      he earned on his paper route.                   Ritchie,
                                                                     The Drift-
                                                                     Charles,
                                                                                    He’s never been the same                        ers to Ray
                                                                                                                                    The Blues
                                                                     Brothers       since.                                          to Frank
                                                                     Sinatra and                                                    so many
                                                                     more. Ric’s vocals range from sultry to playful, and his full orchestra ac-
                                                                     companiments and bluesy harp solos ensure full sound range.
                                                                     Ric’s professional credits include long
                                                                     term engagements at: The Boar’s
                                                                     Head, Bayou Bill’s, The Bay Point
                                                                     Marriott, Edgewater Beach Resort,
                                                                     The Treasure Ship, Ruthie T’s, The
                                                                     Quarterdeck, Calypso Beach Café,
                    Injured? In Pain?                                Red Rose, Bayou Ann’s, Patrone’s,
       Come Experience the Difference at                             Pier 98, The Executive Inn (Louis-
                                                                     ville), The Beau Rivage (Biloxi) and
       Panama City Chiropractic                                      numerous weddings, receptions, re-
               850-249-WELL (9355)                                   unions, private parties, festivals and
       Relief of:                                 Dr. Jon Sherman    corporate events.
  •    Auto Injuries                                One Doctor
  •    Headaches                                       Two           Ric’s company, “Coastal Weddings,”
  •    Neck/Back Pain                                Locations       is a member of The Greater Panama
  •    Shoulder/Arm Pain                            PC & PCB         City Beaches Chamber. Please visit
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  •    Fibromyalgia                                                  (850) 236-0117 or (850) 236-3939, or
                                                                     email him at ricbrigman@msn.com.
  36        The Circuit May/June 2007
                  Calendar of Events
                                  May & June 2007
May 1 Tuesday          County Commission Meeting           June 5 Tuesday         County Commission Meeting
9:00 am                Panama City Hall                    9:00 am                Panama City Hall

May 1 Tuesday          New Building Task Force             June 5 Tuesday         New Building Task Force
10:00 am               Peoples First Bank                  10:00 am               Peoples First Bank

May 1 Tuesday          12@12 Luncheon (invite only)        June 5 Tuesday         12@12 Luncheon (invite only)
12:00-1:00 pm          Coastal Community Bank              12:00-1:00 pm          Coastal Community Bank

May 8 Tuesday          TDC Meeting                         June 8 Friday Friday at the Beach
9:00 am                City Council Chamber                7:30-9:00 am          Bay Point Marriott Resort
                                                           Special Guest: VISIT FLORIDA
May 9 Wednesday        Board Meeting
3:00 pm                Vision Bank                         June 12 Tuesday        TDC Meeting
                                                           9:00 am                City Council Chamber
May 10 Thursday        City Council Meeting
9:00 am                City Hall Annex                     June 13 Wed.           Board Meeting
                                                           3:00 pm                Vision Bank
May 11 Friday         Friday at the Beach
7:30-9:00 am          Edgewater Beach Resort               June 14 Thursday       City Council Meeting
Special Guest: State Representative Jimmy Patronis         6:00 pm                City Hall Annex

May 15 Tuesday         County Commission Meeting           June 19 Tuesday        County Commission Meeting
9:00 am                Panama City Hall                    9:00 am                Panama City Hall

May 17 Thursday        After Hours Mixer                   June 22 Friday         20th Anniversary Gala
5:30-7:30 pm           Boatyard                            6:00-10:00 pm          Bay Point Marriott Resort

May 22 Tuesday         TDC Meeting                         June 26 Tuesday        TDC Meeting
9:00 am                City Council Chamber                9:00 am                City Council Chamber

May 22 Tuesday         Airport Authority Meeting           June 26 Tuesday        Airport Authority Meeting
10:00 am               Airport Board Rm (2nd FL)           10:00 am               Airport Board Rm (2nd FL)

May 22 Tuesday         EDC Meeting                         June 26 Tuesday        EDC Meeting
3:00 pm                Vision Bank                         3:00 pm                Vision Bank

May 24 Thursday        City Council Meeting                June 28 Thursday       City Council Meeting
2:00 pm                City Hall Annex                     2:00 pm                City Hall Annex


         12 @ 12 Luncheon                                       Chamber After Hours
           Coastal Community Bank                                               BoatYard
    Tuesday, May 1st and Tuesday, June 5th                                  5323 North Lagoon Drive
                                                                             Panama City Beach
              12:00 to 1:00 pm
                                                            Thursday, May 17, 2007               5:30 to 7:30 pm
   Please contact Joyce Kidd at the Chamber if you are
    interested in attending and promoting your business.   Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres * Two Complimentary Cocktails
              Open to Chamber Members only.                             For Members and Guests Only
                                                                                  Sponsored by
                  (850) 235-1159                           Coastal Community Bank, Mortgage & Insurance
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                                                MEMBERSHIP REPORT
                                               Tom Mixon & Skip Alford, Member Services
                                                        (850) 814-0616           (850) 814-4292


O
         ne major                                    visits per day. This is great business exposure                              exclusively
         concern that                   we’ve        to the local community, and good for those           to    The             Greater   Panama
         heard from some chamber members is          families and businesses relocating to our area.      City Beaches Chamber office for Chamber
the fact that they do not have time to attend        You can advertise and submit articles in our         members.
chamber functions and get involved in business       bi-monthly chamber publication, The Circuit,
                                                                                                          Benefit from effective representation, at the
building activities. Not to fret! If your business   which gets distributed to over 5,000 individuals
                                                                                                          local and state levels, on issues that directly
has you busy (which is good) don’t worry. If         and businesses throughout the local area and
                                                                                                          impact your business success. Also, you
you can’t take part in our scheduled events,         beyond. You can receive a complete business
                                                                                                          can enjoy constant marketing through the
your Chamber of Commerce has many ways               listing in the Chamber’s online Member
                                                                                                          Relocation Guide & Business Directory, which
to support you.                                      Directory, which may include links to your
                                                                                                          is distributed at all three state welcome centers
                                                     web site for additional attention.
You can advertise on our chamber website                                                                  and all relocation kits sent out. Bottom line:
which currently averages over 1,000 unique IP        Be alerted to business opportunities sent            If you can’t be there, we’re there for you!



                                        AMBASSADORS
                                   Skip Stoltz , Ambassador Chairman

B
       oy, are we having fun yet or what?            We invite some of you Business Owners to put         Oystar Bar in
       With the weather warming up and               down that pen, take off those glasses and come       April. Also,
       all the good things going on out at           out to a ribbon cutting or grand opening…have        thank you to
the beach, you can’t help but have some fun.         a little fun and see what’s going on outside your    our    wonderful
What an awesome place we live at here at             own doors. Ya gotta get out more -- ya just gotta!   Ambassador Team.
Panama City Beach, and what an awesome               We would like to give special thanks to our
                                                                                                          I appreciate your support,
chamber we have here to support and help             meeting sponsors for March: Antonio at Pasta
                                                                                                          Skip Stoltz
your business grow.                                  Grill in March, and Mack Carter at Shuckums

  New Members                                 Longhorn Steak House                           Gallery 226 - 1                       Primary Care - 2
  A & C Gulf Coast Restoration, Inc.            Louie’s Florida Grill                      First Gulf Bank - 1          Harbour Development Group, LLC - 2
           A Beach Beauty                           Mason, Larry                     Holiday Terrace Motel - R - 1           Inga Fahs-Gielisse, LLC - 2
 Accommodations & Vacation Rental           Outback Storage Company                     Honda/Volkswagon - 1              Interspace Airport Advertising - 2
                  PCB                     Panama City Beach Pet Sitters                  J.B. Flooring, Inc. - 1               Labor Solutions, Inc. - 2
         American Classifieds                 Panama City Beach CRA                 Jackson Hewitt Tax Services - 1         Moore Bass Consulting, Inc. - 2
      American Martial Arts, Inc.        Panama City Renaissance School                Nichols Physical Therapy                Nantze Springs, Inc. - 2
      Ana’s Southern Exposure              Panama City Surgery Center                        Specialists - 1                     Prosperity Bank - 2
           Aqua View Motel                  Red Hen Shopping Service              Panhandle Bch Realty /Real Estate               RH Donnelley - 2
 Attorneys Title Insurance Fund, Inc.        Redman Trucking & Land                          Radio Show - 1             Service Construction Supply, Inc. - 2
         Barefoot Beach Club                        Development                      Seaside Beach Weddings - 1         Taylor Woodrow/Olson Magnolia Bay
         Becker & Associates                   Resort Ready Rooms                            Simple HR - 1                           Club, LLC - 2
            Bon Roy Sales                    Romancing With Stones                             Tassels - 1              The Reliance Group of The Emerald
        Buddy Gandy Seafood                     S.C. Designing, Inc.              The Coffee Bean Queens, Inc. - 1                     Coast - 2
           California Cycles                           Salty’s                        Willis Service Company - 1             The Towne of Seahaven - 2
      Coastal Lending Services               Sharks’s Tooth Golf Club              Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown &               U.S. Postal Service - 2
     Colonial Press International                   Sign Graphix                               Russell - 1                  Black Tie Formalwear, Inc. - 3
          CPH Engineers, Inc.                      Steve Akiyama                      Allegra Print & Imaging - 2                  Bondi, Jane - 3
        David Weekley Homes              Sunnyside Seafood Market Oyster/           Beach Helicopter Tour & Aerial         Chick-fil-A Panama City Beach
    Dickens Land Clearing & Rock                     Steam Bar                               Photo, Inc. - 2                         Parkway - 3
              World, Inc.                Superior Lawn Care & Landscapes,                   Beachcomber - 2                     Coastal Weddings - 3
     Don Hood Insurance Agency                        Viamedia                             Beef O’ Brady’s - 2              Downing Law Offices, P.A. - 3
    Eventide Coastal Residences           White Cap Construction Supply               Bellezza Salon and Spa - 2                 Miss Charlotte’s - 3
       Flagala Design Build, Inc.                                                     Brock Pest Control, Inc. - 2         Ambassador Condominiums - 4
                                             YaYa’s Unique Boutique
  Genesis Construction Enterprises,                                                   Cardenas Seafood, Inc. - 2                 Cellon, Jr., Ralph - 4
     Gortemoller Engineering, Inc.
      Grand Screen Advertising
                                               Renewals                           Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center - 2
                                                                                       CR Murray Company - 2
                                                                                                                              CityNet Wireless, LLC - 4
                                                                                                                            Collins & Associates, Inc. - 4
                                         A Smart Move Home Inspection - 1
   Grande Pointe Developers, LLC                                                        Ed’s Beach Service - 2             Knight Realty Services, Inc. - 4
                                                 Axiom Capital - 1
  Indulgence Salon Spa & Boutique                                                     Emerald Waters Realty - 2         McDonald’s Restaurant/Zeebest - 4
                                               Big Airbrush, Inc. - 1
 Inner Vision Communications, LLC                                                 Gulf Coast Medical Center Beach        McNeil Carroll Engineering, Inc. - 4
                                           Coop’s Home Furnishings and

    38         The Circuit May/June 2007
                                                 GRAND OPENINGS
                              and Re-Openings, Groundbreakings & Beautifications

                                                  To schedule a ribbon-cutting
                                                   or beautification call Tom
                                                   Mixon at 814-0616 or Skip
                                                       Alford at 814-4292.
            Cyber Sytes, 3/6                                                                            Longhorn Steak House, 3/19




Innovations Federal Credit Union, 3/20           FSU Administrative Services Center, 3/21                  TECO Peoples Gas, 3/21




        Old Town Mortgage, 3/28                                   BBT, 3/29                                 Roebuck Auctions, 4/10




    Front Beach Road CRA, 4/11                                  Publix, 4/12                                 Top Shelf Storage, 4/17


  Mr. Appliance of Bay & Walton County - 4                   Bay Walk-in Clinic - 6                               Garner, Cicero - 9
               ResortQuest - 4                           Beach Care Services, Inc. - 6                         Angelo’s Steak Pit - 10
            Rug Island, L.L.C. - 4                             Boomer Aviation - 6                    Gulf Coast Triathlon Foundation, Inc. - 10
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast - 4                   Ed’s Sheds - 6                        Innovations Federal Credit Union - 10
   Sunbelt Environmental of Bay County - 4                Florida Film Office, Inc. - 6                    Lady Anderson Dining Yacht - 10
       WAVEnet Technologies, Inc. - 4                         Fontainebleau - R - 6                     Northwest Florida Blood Center - 10
             Buddy’s Seafood - 5                                Beach Scene - 7                             The Talking Phone Book - 10
         Chip Lloyd Photography - 5                     Coral Reef Condominium - R - 7                   Able Body Temporary Service - 11
           Emerald Bay Inn - R - 5               KESCO- Kitchen Equipment & Supply Co., Inc. - 7            Black Angus Restaurant - 11
      Gulf Coast Panama Jack, Inc. - 5                      Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop - 7                       Advanced Logical Solutions - 13
            Holiday On Wheels - 5                         PCB Embroidery & Gifts - 7                        Coastal Communications - 13
             Lumley Plumbing - 5                         Pelican Point Interiors, Inc. - 7                    Leitz Office Products - 13
             Mortensen, Keith - 5                           Hospitality Depot, Inc. 8                      Gulf Coast Medical Center - 14
         Shoppes At Edgewater - 5                    Mad Hatter Muffler & Auto Center - 8                 Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant - 16
        Spicy Noodle Restaurant - 5                  Ocean Terrace Condominiums - R - 8                              Wendy’s - 18
             Stroud, Thomas - 5                      Pinnacle Port Vacation Rentals - R - 8                  Bikini Beach Motel - R - 20
                Vision Bank - 5                       Beach Barn Wholesale Furniture - 9


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                                                  AROUND TOWN
                Updates on Community, Governmental Affairs, Workforce & Military

                                                                          agreement for the Seahaven DRI. This development of regional im-
Community Update                                                          pact is one of the more sophisticated planning devices and the City
Mayor Gayle Oberst                                                        was deliberate and focused in consideration of this approval.
City of Panama City Beach                                                 • The Front Beach Road CRA has received approval for public rela-
The City, in April, completed a series of 10 workshops presenting         tions / education support with the hiring of Amy Ausley.
the council and citizens an opportunity to discuss concerns that the      • Construction on the improvement to Churchwell Street has com-
City must address. The 1 ½ hour workshops began in January and            mencing and marks a major milestone in the accomplishments of the
included topics such as universal garbage, zoning, land uses, trans-      Front Beach Road CRA.
portation concerns on the Parkway and other streets, City board ap-       Panama City-Bay County Airport Authority
pointments, parks and recreation facilities management, annexation,       • The purchaser for the existing airport property was selected during
and funding issues.                                                       the March Authority meeting, the high bid of $74 million was placed
Two new streets are being constructed that will affect the traffic         by PCA, the team who also developed Wild Heron.
on the Parkway. North Pier Park Drive will be extended from the           • Groundbreaking for the new airport is projected for June 2007.
Parkway to the Palmetto Trace west entrance. When the street is           • The Regional Airport Commerce Council conducted a multi-county
completed, residents of Palmetto Trace subdivision will have an en-       workshop on April 4, 2007. More than 140 attendees received up-
trance/exit with a traffic signal. A second street in front of Arnold      dates on the new airport’s current status and participated in breakout
High School will connect Alf Coleman Street with Beckrich through         sessions on economic development, marketing / branding and desti-
the Home Depot complex.                                                   nation development. A report on this workshop is forthcoming.

During the first week of April, contracts were let for sewer and reus-
able water installation in El Centro, Lullwater, and some areas of Ba-
hama Beach subdivisions. The projects take approximately 6 to 12
months and will complete a series of sewer work that included Open          Tangled in the red tape of bureaucracy?
Sands, Bid-a-Wee, and East and West Gulf Highlands subdivisions.
Pier Park continues to announce store openings and Panera Bread
and the Grand Theater are opening in May. Additional development
is taking place at Alf Coleman and the Parkway. CVS Pharmacy,
Dairy Queen and a strip shopping center stretch south from the Park-
way down Alf Coleman. A new McDonald’s is planned for the Park-
way in front of Lowe’s.


Local Government Update
Bert Howell, Bay Solutions
Bay County
• BOCC approved the design concept for the new County Adminis-
tration facility; the projected cost is $20 million.
• The Buck Wild Saloon lawsuit was settled, ending a noise ordi-                    We cut through the red tape.
nance challenge for the Thomas Drive area.
• New zoning change notification rules were implemented, certified
letters will now be required bringing Bay County into line with the                 BAYSOLUTIONS
                                                                             Governmental & Public Affairs Specialists
City of Panama City Beach.
• The BOCC took exception to the Panama City Crayfish Manage-
                                                                            Armed with years of experience and a network of local and
ment Plan, citing a lack of scientific information and a failure to pro-     state governmental contacts, we deliver your message to
vide an economic analysis.                                                  key decision makers. Put our knowledge, experience and
• An Affordable Housing Committee has been established and ap-              expertise to work and save your business time and money.
pointees are expected to be named in the next month.
                                                                                              850.763.4332
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• The City Council made the initial approval of the development
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                    Updates on Community, Governmental Affairs, Workforce & Military

                                                                           We’re looking forward to later this year when the future USS MESA
Navy News                                                                  VERDE (LPD 19) will be commissioned at Port Panama City. The
Capt. Hal Harbeson, Commanding Officer                                      commanding officer of this large-deck amphibious dock ship, Cmdr.
Naval Support Activity Panama City                                         Shawn Lobree, has already been working closely with members of
The recent months have been very busy around the Naval Support             the local community’s commissioning team to make this a spectacular
Activity Panama City. Perhaps the biggest thing that appeared on our       event for his crew and for Bay County. NSA PC and its tenants are
horizon was the Sea Fighter, a 262-ft catamaran operated by the Of-        happy to be a part of the team.
fice of Naval Research, now home ported at NSA PC. The long-await-
ed arrival happened on March 29 after the ship made its long cruise        Gulf Coast Workforce Board
here via the Panama Canal from San Diego. Sea Fighter provides the
Navy with a platform to conduct at-sea science and technology exper-       Career Readiness Program
iments collect and evaluate data and assess performance of advanced        Kimberly Bodine, Executive Director
developmental programs underway at NSA PC. The Sea Fighter has             Gulf Coast Workforce Board
a beam of 72 feet and a draft of 15 feet and has demonstrated speeds
                                                                           The Gulf Coast Workforce Board (GCWB) will pilot a new career read-
in excess of 50 knots.
                                                                           iness program called Ready to Work. The basis of the program revolves
NSA PC and tenant command the Naval Surface Warfare Center Pan-            around an assessment of key skills in students and job seekers. In the
ama City again hosted the Three Rivers Science and Engineering Fair        coming months, the GCWB will invite local business to participate in
of February 13, with students from Bay district public, private and        luncheons to learn more and test the value of the Ready to Work pro-
home schools participating. NSWC PC Engineer John Brady worked             gram. If deemed beneficial, the GCWB will offer assessments locally to
with school district officials and base professionals to put on the event   students or Florida residents. Employers may opt to require the Ready
as a part of NSWC’s School Enrichment Program.                             to Work credentials for applicants.
NSA PC was proud to participate in Step Up Florida, sponsored by           The program utilizes ACT’s WorkKeys®, a nationally recognized as-
the Florida Department of Health, on February 15 to promote fitness         sessment tool, to measure a person’s skills in applied math, reading for
awareness across the state. Our military members from NSA PC, Na-          information, and locating information. Upon successful completion of
val Diving and Salvage Training Center, and the Naval Special War-         the assessment, the participant will be issued a Florida Ready to Work
fare SEAL Delivery Vehicle Detachment “stepped up” to meet the             Certificate signed by Governor Crist.
challenge, running, swimming and biking through our leg of the event
                                                                           The Ready to Work pilot project is part of a statewide effort to address
as it traveled through Bay County.
                                                                           the workforce development needs of both employers and job seekers.
Congratulations are in order for Navy Diver Petty Officer First Class       It is funded by the Florida Legislature and administered by the Florida
Timothy Alexander, a member of the Dive Locker at Naval Surface            Department of Education and the Agency for Workforce Innovation, in
Warfare Center, for being named one of five finalists to compete for         cooperation with Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) and the na-
Vice Secretary of the Navy’s Shore Sailor of the Year. The Middle-         tionally recognized ACT® WorkKeys program.
town Ohio native joined the Navy in 1991. His Commanding Officer,
                                                                           If you would like to learn more about Ready to Work or want to sign
Capt. Andy Buduo, called Alexander a model sailor and leader. If he
                                                                           up for our informational presentation, please contact Maria Goodwin
is selected the winner of this level, Alexander goes on to compete for
                                                                           at the Gulf Coast Workforce Board at (850) 873-3581 or visit www.
the title Navy-wide.
                                                                           myfloridareadytowork.com.




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